2012: Year in Review ‘no end’
by The British Asian Blog
It wasn’t so long ago, that I was reviewing year 2011 – and for the life of me I can’t work out where a whole year has gone. I now write a review (in the shortest way possible) for year 2012.
Firstly and most importantly: All praise is to the Lord above, who has yet again blessed me and continues to do so. Not only do I remember ‘you my Lord’ for when times are hard and for when in trouble or for when evil surrounds me, but for when you bestow upon me happiness and success in wherever my focus goes, and for this, ‘I am ever indebted to you my Lord’.
With all new chapters and new starting points in life, I like to start with a little prayer. The previous paragraph is my attempt to say thank you to my Lord. In my view, words cannot express the humbleness, gratitude and appreciation that I have for everything in my life. It’s easy to fall into a habit of calling upon the Lord in hardship and when in trouble, but it’s hard to remain focused and thank the Lord for when we are happy, successful and trouble free, and this, in my view, is key.
As I write this post on my iPad, the time is 7:50pm here in Mumbai. I’m, alone, in probably the highest building which has an open top roof bar. I’m sat in Aer Lounge, in what is known as ‘Sunset Happy Hour’ at the 34th floor open air lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai. I’ve made this a place which I visit regularly; at least every 2nd or 3rd day – and I love this place. In fact, I am in love with India, with Mumbai, and with the hustle and bustle of the city (but not the crazy traffic during peak hours, honestly, I thought the traffic in Leeds was bad). More about India in future posts.
I’ve just witnessed the sunset from this jaw dropping view. I’ve sat here on this very spot probably about 12 times in the past 4 weeks – but today I came here alone, without my acquaintance or with my new friends that I have made here in Mumbai. Today’s sunset was a different one. It reminded me of how 2012 came and went, and it’s given me an opportunity to reflect on the highs and lows of 2012.
Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with my highs and lows for 2012, but what I will say is this:
2012 has been a year of great challenges. I have deliberately made some tough decisions in pretty much all aspects of my life. You could say, I deliberately and consciously decided to walk on a path that has been less treaded on, knowing that the journey via this route is unpredictable, more stressful and more dangerous, but I know the reward and satisfaction in the end is invaluable against the grave risks I have decided to take.
As for 2013, well, I know for sure that this year will be more challenging than 2012 or 2011 ever was or double of what I experienced last year. I accept that. I am willing to accept the challenges for this year and do what I do best ‘fight on’.
This blog will be the gateway for me to echo what is happening, the challenges I am facing and what I get up to. This blog in itself is yet another challenge for 2013, as I’m sure most of you will agree with me that finding the time to blog is a challenge in our busy and bustling lifestyles. What keeps me energised and enthusiastic to continue blogging is you guys. I have met some great bloggers and some fantastic people from all around the world through blogging – it is you guys that fuel me in continuing to share my stories, experiences and views. You may or may not agree with my views and opinions but we are a community and I’m glad to be part of it.
With that I’d like to wish all of you a happy New Year.
Good Bye 2012 and Welcome 2013.