As they say, “to each his own”.
2018 has been an unbelievable year for me. Started with the first sunrise at a quaint British beachside with flatmates turned friends turned family. A hectic course of masters with a journey of self-discovery as a creative and plenty of sleepless nights finishing up masters project with fellow coursemates. Inspiring and motivating meetups with some of the great advertising and marketing experts in Leeds who would graciously share their experiences and provided critical feedback on my work. Traveling to Spain to meet my father after months of living abroad. Going to India to surprise my friends and family. Completing my master’s degree with merit from the University of Leeds. Going to interviews and learning how to deal with rejections.
Such has been the delightfully chaotic journey of 2018.
With the end of the year and completing the graduation, my friends planned to travel abroad for a graduation trip. My personal graduation trip is a road trip with family in India. From the bustling city of Mumbai to the famous north Indian hill station of Nainital, where my grandparents stay. A distance of 1,751.2 km in the duration of 2 days. Not only was the journey long and filled with eating food in different cities but covering miles by road on the beautiful highway with mountains and greenery on either side was a whole new experience. Listening to songs that matched the mood and we all would sing aloud together while munching on snacks. From sunrise to sunsets, from fog to clear skies, who knew 2 days could show you a plethora of colors all green, brown and yellow of mother nature.
Reuniting with the entire family after more than 2 years and celebrating Christmas was more fun than imaginable. As I sip french organic coffee right now at in the crisp winter morning sunshine sitting next to grandpa and listening to the chirping of the birds and the quietness of this wonderful forest side farm, I am counting my blessings and going through the ride of 2018 and hoping that 2019 will be nothing less than a wonderful chapter in my life.
Life update: I have landed my first job in China and the next stage of my life will begin in the new year of 2019.
Wishing a very Happy new year to all.
From my family to yours