What’s not to love about 2011?
Well, a lot apparently. From all the natural calamities, world tragedies, economic upheaval, sudden inexplicable deaths, and everyone’s personal ups and downs, sometimes I wonder how people still get up in the morning. In the end, clenched fist in the air, it was easy to bid such a challenging year goodbye. Having said that though, even with all of 2011’s warts and boils, it was still a year of unforgettable extremes and profound lessons. Some of the best years of our lives are built with pillars of deep suffering and joy beyond all understanding. And this is what this year has been about for me. Extremes. Maximum everything. No holds barred emotional roller coaster ride with the sharp turns, gut wrenching dips, ear piercing shrieks and white knuckles. Admittedly, there are some things I wish didn’t happen this year – people getting hurt unnecessarily, for example – but I believe that everything happens for a reason. So with that, I celebrate it ALL today (narrowed down to 10 life-giving things). The good, the bad and the ugly. I figure once everything is put into perspective, it all turns to good. So, thank you, 2011, for these 10 things and what I took away from them. No matter how bizarre you were, it started and ended with a grateful heart. Here goes…
I was able to travel quite a bit this year, so I am stoked about that: Here are some links to entries connected to my 2011 adventures. Sagada, India (Tamil Nadu), India (Mumbai and Ahmedabad), Boracay (with tFTs), Adelaide, Hong Kong (with family) and most recently, Singapore.
Finally, with that, goodbye, 2011. I am grateful for you but I bid you farewell as you clumsily ride off into the sunset. Now hello there, 2012. So glad you could make it. Stay awhile and be nice.
How about you? How much did you love 2011?
grateful slice: learning from a complicated year