A few hours before the new year, I thought it’ll be meaningful to conclude this chapter with all the best stuff. Like the glamorous award ceremonies that’ll happen at the end of the year to reward those who’ve invested a huge amount of hours and effort to produce great quality work, it’s some kind of closure to applaud the attempt, honor the commitment, and stroll down the red carpet all dandy and dazzling.
My best personal experiences in 2018, just for fun – the biggest and the greatest stuff.
Biggest Change This Year: Adulthood, work essentially.
Biggest Achievement: Exactly 1000 days of daily journalling on 22 Dec 18.
Biggest Splurge: On a camera.
Best Move I’ve Made: Writing a few lines each day about everything and anything (sometimes nonsensical even) in the morning. It was extremely fun writing them and then going back a few weeks later and go “wow!” or “huhh?”. Oh and starting a blog☺️.
Best Movie: Avengers: Infinity War. Hands down. 2019, I’m coming for you. We’re in the endgame now.
Best Television Series: Stranger Things Season 1 & 2. While the first episode premiered in 2016, I started watching only in November this year, after my friend urged me to. Though late to the party, I was incredibly impressed with the writing and the directing. Especially the writing of the storyline and the characters, and in particular for the ending to both seasons. Small or big, everyone has a role to play in defeating the darker side. It’s always about teamwork, family, friends, and love. Everyone kicked ass!
Best Book (Fiction): The Seven Death of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton. This one… I lack the ability with words to describe just how good it is, none sufficient to bring justice to it. And so I’d better quote:
“A brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express
‘Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.’
It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.
But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.
The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him from ever escaping Blackheath…”
This book kept me up for several nights; I simply had to know what is going to happen next. It was one rare book that had me entertained and engaged page after page. You just have to read this!
Best Book (Nonfiction): Tuesday With Morrie, Mitch Albom. A precious book written about life lessons, about priorities, about love. In the face of impending death, he spent his remaining days spreading important meanings about life and making a difference while he could. Honestly, I still have the last chapter to go. I’ve procrastinated for a few months because we all know how it’s going to end. However natural death should be to life, saying goodbye will always be extremely tough. I hadn’t found the courage and a good day to sit through the last chapter and cry my eyes out. Beautifully written.
“Forgive others and forgive yourself, because when you’re at the stage where i am, it don’t matter.” – Tuesday With Morrie
Greatest Mistake: Going too easy on time management. Before, I used “study” as an excuse, and then I settled for “work” as an excuse. Truth is, no one is too busy for anything. It always has been about priorities. Passion won’t come by itself, hobbies won’t develop by itself and life won’t happen by itself. So, it’s a choice we have to make if it is important enough. (In the coming year, I’ll want to work on it. First the stones, then the pebbles, then the sand.)
Greatest Lesson: Never give up on hope. Just because it isn’t happening now doesn’t mean it won’t. I grew up not understanding much about myself; I simply followed behind a crowd thinking it’ll be safe but then somewhere, somehow, I felt lost and alone. And then, alone as I walked, somehow, somewhere, I found bits and pieces of myself. Always, always have hope within because it’ll bring you somewhere you wouldn’t have known otherwise.
“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you’ll find yourself.”
Most Memorable Moment: Christmas celebrations, lots of them actually. Not sure if it was the food or the presents, or because it just happened a few days ago.
Best Quote Of The Year: “Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic. Never be afraid to try something new.”
Remembering the struggles and celebrating the journey, together we’ll close this chapter and invite the next. Hope you’ve had a fantastic year. Now, we’ll sit back and welcome 2019 with open arms. Cheers to everyone, and thank you for reading. (: