In a matter of 15 days, we will all move into 2016. And so, I sit reminiscing 2015 and wonder what 2016 has in store for me.
2015 has been a wonderful year for me. We ushered in the New year with a family dinner at Pampas Grill shortly after our beach vacation in Koh Lipe. It had been an eventful year end….and certainly an even more eventful year ahead.
I had decided that I would not have a list of resolutions for 2015. The resolution was to live each day as it came- to go with the flow! I must say, life in 2015 was indeed unpredictable for me.
For one, in 2015, I got married again! From the beginning, 2015 was like a whirlwind. I started my year with gusto…..planning for my upcoming wedding in February. Our wedding was a bollywood style wedding complete with contemporary style music with indian traditional instruments. The theme of our wedding was cranberry red and gold. I had taken great care in deciding on my guest list. My guests were those who had been there for me in the hardest times of my life. They were those who were near and dear to me. The biggest feat of all for me was to come up with my wedding speech. It was usually customary for the bride and the groom to talk about each other but I felt that those who I had to thank were my guests. And so, my speech started with a tribute to all my dear friends and ending with a little note about my husband. A brief snippet of our wedding can be found at http://vimeo.com/125432689.
For our wedding party, we had planned a cruise in Langkawi….an event we were all looking forward to. Three days in Langkawi was filled with fun activities with all our dear friends. Bjarte’s friends had come all the way from Norway, England and Burma. All our friends took time off from their busy schedules to celebrate with us. Our friends performed music on the boat. It was an amazing 3 day party.
Most of all, in 2015 I gained a new family. Bjarte’s parents accepted me with warmth and open arms. They made me feel welcome into their lives. My children gained a father, new grandparents, new aunts and uncle and new cool cousins.
In 2015, I moved into my first home. My own space that I can call my own. And so, 2015 also saw me exploring my culinary skills and experimenting on dinner parties at home with friends.
The major changes in my life this year, brought about a new different bond between my parents and I. They looked happy that I had moved on in my life. They felt secure that there was someone to take care of my and the children. They enjoyed meeting and hanging out with my friends. They became friends as much as parents.
2015 also saw me travelling more than usual. My travels took me to Norway, Milan, Bangkok and it will end in Boracay. My daughters managed to obtain their diving licence and I learned that diving was not for me. We hiked up a few waterfalls too. Exercise too has been my theme in 2015.
The one thing that marked 2015 for me is parties. Bjarte and I seemed to be invited to endless parties. Well as they say, a little party never killed nobody…..and so I partied most of 2015.
2015 saw me as a worried mum. My eldest daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis. My son too is diagnosed with glue ears. Amidst all the goodness of 2015, I realised that my children, though imperfect are always perfect to me. I realised that life in all its splendour can never be perfect.
Work in 2015 was trying with difficult clients and hectic times. There were many changes to the working climate in the office. This led to me think about my career path and what I wanted to achieve in my life. As I write this, I have not found an answer to my contemplation, but I am sure I will find my answer in 2016.
All in all, in 2015 I came to realise that my life is almost perfect. This, in its own way, scares me- for everything that goes up, must come down. But then again, I should face life with optimism…….but what I crave most for 2016 is time. Time to smell the coffee brewing in the morning, time to lounge about and read my books, time to paint, time to watch my children grow up, time to sit and have leisurely chats with my parents…….and most of all time to do nothing at all.
And so my resolution for 2016, is to breath slowly and make time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life!