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Monday, January 11, 2016

2015 - The Year that Was!

Keeping up with the tradition of posting the yearly round-up, I decided to analyse and write about how 2015 had an impact on me. Before I could delve any deeper on the events, I was sure of one thing though. I had no idea on Jan 1st, 2015 that this is how my life would shape up. On Jan 1st 2016, when I was thinking of how the previous year went by, the first thing that got my attention was how different my original plans were, and despite going-with-the-flow and taking very many diversions, how grateful I am to be here.

If I had to describe 2015 as briefly as possible, I would have to say that it was the Year of Risks. Some of them paid off, thankfully; while some of them didn’t (giving me more topics to blog about, talk about silver lining ;-)).

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Personally, it was another eventful year. Many highs, many lows, and they all finally added up to give me a pretty decent experience. A few things went the way I’d planned, and a few things did take an unexpected turn. I was happy that I was prepared to handle things, rather than just standing without knowing what to do. I wish I’d attempted a lot more things that I’d planned to do and wish I’d stayed away from a few things which didn’t go well with me. Anyway, there has to be a first time for many things and I thought I should consider it as something that I tried and failed and then just move on to try better things. 

I did get to write, but wish I wrote more. I did spend time with loved ones, but wish I got some more time. I did run 2 more marathons, but wish I’d got to train better. I did get into a good fitness routine, but wish I’d got to spend dedicated time in my routine. I did bake more cakes and try new flavours, but I’m looking to experiment with healthy dessert and other eating options. I did get to read, but wish I got to read more. I attempted Zumba (a new activity for the year) and loved it, but for the want of time, I had to give it up after 2 months.

If there is one thing I could have managed better, I wish I had managed my time in a better way. I realized that being the Jack of all trades was no mean feat. I realized that having way too many interests which requires a dedicated schedule or time would work only with meticulous planning. That’s when I took a call on what I was doing and gave up on many things which I felt were just occupying my time and not letting me concentrate on other interests. 

Even as I write this, I’m reminded of a few goals for 2015, which I hope would probably see the light of day in 2016. As much as I’m happy when I check off my goals for the year, I’m equally happy to remind myself that human beings were never designed to be perfect and that’s a very good reason to not bother too much with those half-completed activities.

I’m a human, and I’m not perfect and I know it :-)

2016 started off on a wonderful note and this is indeed going to be a very special year for me, for more reasons that one, and I cannot wait to get started to see what’s in store. 

So, how was 2015 for you and what have you planned for 2016?

P.S. I attempted to write fiction and posted a short story here. In case you haven't read it, please do. I'd love to know your feedback :-)


  1. you are right. We aren't perfect. No one is. As for plan, some survive and some don't. That's how it works. What's important is that you kept going through it all.

    1. Exactly! At least we've got to get somewhere than staying at the same place :-)

  2. 2 marathons and many other activities are a feat in themselves.
    I agree fully that a proper routine is a must, it's all about time management and doing per your priorities.

    Good luck with 2016 😊

  3. 2015 was smooth for me, but am planning to take major risks in 2016. Let's see how it goes. Read: How I fail ;) But I have come to a conclusion that failure is an essential part of success because it teaches a lot and crushes the ego.

    I am a fan of the 80-20 peretto principle which says we get 80% of our results from 20% of our activities. So we ought to constantly monitor and remove undesirable activities, except if they are fun.

    Destination Infinity

    1. Good luck for your adventures :-) And of course, it pays to monitor our time spent and not waste time on activities that dont mean anything to us!

  4. You did achieve quite a bit Ashwini and I wish you achive many more laurels in 2016 and beyond!

  5. Looks like 2015 was good for you :-) Hope 2016 turns out to be even more rocking! May you achieve more of your dreams and may you find happiness always!


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