So it’s that time of the year where we begin to reflect and look back at the previous calendar year that’s coming to a close. I must say 2012 has been one very interesting year; it’s a year that has definitely gone through those peak and trough moments that you see in a business cycle chart. But what’s amazed me even more is the speed at which the year has progressed, sometimes keeping it hard to track the momentum of it all!
I wasn’t sure where to really begin in this piece. I didn’t really want to go into a deep philosophical explanation of the year that has passed. So rather this is a small reflection and revision of moments I thought were significant during the year.
I was overseas doing my MBA, which was already a very interesting journey I was moving along on. The year started well by going for a family member’s wedding in India; a trip to India always has its interesting moments, but this trip was particularly enjoyable since an Indian wedding always creates great memories with families and friends. It had been a few years since I had attended a family wedding, and this event had its moments of great memories being created.
Then I hit one of those trough moments when I began to realise I was becoming homesick. It was one of those strange phenomenons, sometimes hard to understand why. The human mind can play some odd tricks when it comes to understanding emotions. So that’s when I decided to make a major coup and planned a surprise trip home for a short two week break! It was such a fantastic feeling to see the surprise and happiness on my family’s and friends’ faces when I appeared before their very eyes that all that excitement of initially starting the MBA came back in all its glory.
Then came the moment where we could take an exchange semester to one of our global campuses and I decided to go to our Shanghai campus from Dubai. Many times over I have explained to most people the amazing experience I had while I was in Shanghai and different parts of China I visited. It’s just different when you are in an interesting and evolving place like China. It seemed like an alien world. The culture there is still steeped very much in ancient Chinese philosophies, but Shanghai reflected a lot of marriages between the new world progression and the ancient Chinese wisdoms & culture. I visited Beijing, which created a feeling that it was a foreign land to that of Shanghai. But there was much excitement for me when I could finally proclaim having visited the Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China!
Like all good things in life, there has to be an ending along the way. The MBA program ended on a high with the graduation, yet many temporary good byes were said to some great friends that were made over the year! I think 2012 was really a melting pot year in terms of meeting with different cultures, and engaging with interesting people from different walks of life. I have no doubt that 2013 will bring some similar experiences.
If there’s certain lessons I learnt over this last year, it’s these: most things need to be left on their own, to find their own course over time. People also really change over the course of time once there is a distance between yourselves, no matter how close they may appear to be in your lives. This change can be hard to understand initially. Sometimes forcing situations or outcomes only really backfires in the long run! Hence 2013 will be a year where I will accept most things where I cannot control them, though I see many exciting moments ahead; hence those peaks will be appearing regularly along the 2013 chart!
Here’s wishing everyone a Very Happy Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!!! This is Funjabi Guy wishing you safe holidays…see you in the New Year!
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