Today is the last day of 2015.
I don’t know why today should be different from any other day because the sun will still rise in the East and set in the West.
While returning home last night, daughter no 1 remembers Y2K and all the hype that went with it. She asked if we remembered what we did on that day. I still remember very clearly that I’d told my brother that on 1 January 2001 we’d get up to find ourselves in the Southern Hemisphere because the earth will flip on its axis. It was a flippant remark because obviously nothing of the sort happened.
But for many people it did – for those families who experienced a dramatic reversal of fortunes or circumstances. I can’t forget that on the morning of 31 December 1999 a well loved person in the extended family actually breathed his last, making his family’s world literally go upside down!
So on this last day, I look back in gratitude for all the 365 days that went past: the good, the bad and the ugly.
So what was good?
- The two grand babies born in the middle of the year. I’m grateful that my children have given me this opportunity of becoming a grandma. Many people of my generation are baby sitting houses or dogs for their children.
- The trip to Dubai in early April was a great getaway. Even though the weather wasn’t the best, it was a great time to connect with friends, the extended family,my Better Half and myself. I am grateful for this time away from home that allowed me to reflect and recharge my batteries.
The bad part of the year was the constant activity that gave me no time to exercise. I’m not a very physical person but I enjoy a long walk in the morning, taking in the bracing air or a leisurely walk in the evening catching up with a friend. But then, having things to do and being “wanted” and “needed” are great ego booster. I’m grateful I have the opportunity to do the things I like with the people I like and am happy to be needed and wanted.
There are many, many things that happened this year for which I’m grateful but essentially ,what I’m most grateful for is the fact that I’m leading the life that I am leading.
As I look up ,
I see a sky that is so blue
with clouds of fluff
reflected in the shiny glass
of modern buildings dwarfing the old.
Happy new year to fellow bloggers – may you world in 2016 be wonderful too!