Hello, ladies and gentlemen.
Yep, it’s October.
Yep, you know what that means.
Yep, it’s the annual recapitulation post that comes with truths and mush and happy feelings because I intend to share the round of up the year gone by with all of you. Fair advance warning: the last year has been a doozy, but like a good doozy. A doozy that untied so many knots in my life, healed parts of me that I didn’t even realize were damaged, and today, right now, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in a long, long while.
Okay, back to the point.
This year, instead of recounting events of the past 365 days, I’m going to go ahead and mention and appreciate the people who have made those days bearable. People who have pulled me through when I was too weak, who stayed up with me when I couldn’t sleep, people who stood beside me because they chose to. Before we go ahead, let me just say it right here: thank you.
It’s a given, but I still feel the need to emphasize on the love and support of family. My family isn’t big on tangible display of affection, but I feel their love in my hearts of hearts, the truest places of them all. I am who I am because they are who they are, because my parents raised me so.
Thank you, fam. You guys are the real MVPs.
L4W (Life4Ways) is an acronym for love and friendship that transcends time and distance alike, forever. Srishti, Isha and Nanaki–more commonly referred to as Po, Laddoo and Nano–have seen me at my absolute worst, and still chosen to stay with me for some strange reason. And honestly, I’m more grateful than words than say, and I value each of them like I value my own life, if not more.
Love ya, L4W.
In the past three and a half years, life has been very challenging, and it works wonders to know that even if the world is dark and unfair and just so damn disappointing, there are a handful of people who make it okay to live in it. The last year has been especially trying, and I don’t even like to think about what would have happened if I didn’t have the people I do.
Garima, thank you for being a rock-solid support that never, ever fails me, come what may.
Rahul, thank you for understanding everything I say, and everything that I don’t.
Pankaj, thank you for being the most reliable source of entertainment and support there is in this world.
Ayushi, thank you for restoring my sense of balance and calm just by being there.
Hitesh, thank you for supporting all plans and ideas that I have, even if they are the dumbest and near impossible to execute.
Namarata, thank you for the love that you give, unadulterated and unwavering.
Abhishek, thank you for going the extra mile in being a friend, every single time.
And Anshu, for showing me the light again, for giving me the sense of safety and happiness that I hadn’t felt in a long, long time.
The last year has been full of firsts and lasts, you know. A lot of ‘last’ birthdays, because once college gets over, there are many people I don’t want to see ever again in my life. I’ve had a lot of ‘last’ exams, because God knows I’m going to put the books away the minute the bell rings for the final exam next semester.
But there have been firsts, too. The first time I’ve met someone who understands how crucial it is to circulate Sirius Black memes in the universe (hi, Ayushi!). The first time Panky drove us around Delhi, thanks to his superior skills of navigation. The first time I’ve had someone to go above and beyond the call of duty, just to ensure my plans reach their proper end (thank you, Abhishek). The first time I have someone who starts my day off right with lovely messages overrun with heart emojis, always bringing a smile to my face (I’m talking about you, Namarata).
It’s been a rough year, yes, but it’s also been so so beautiful, the kind of beauty that gold procures once it comes out of the fire.
And trust me when I say this, it wouldn’t have been half as beautiful without the above mentioned people.
Here’s to a better future, to friendships that shall stand the test of time, and here’s to love. ❤
See you guys soon.