2014 flew by like any other year before but at the same time, it felt like a rather significant one. ‘Twas a good year for a greater part. I didn’t have time to do this last year, but here’s a 2014 recap. What I enjoyed most, what I would have done differently, what I have learnt. You know, your typical year-end reflecting questions 😉
1. What was the most significant event of the past year? Finding my work/life balance. I’ve been a working professional for quite some time now. In the beginning I struggled with finding a balance between my work life and my personal life. I would work crazy hours during the week and week end and I felt like I had no or little time left for the things I loved doing. At one point I was even convinced there’s no such thing as a work/life balance. This year I slowly transgressed into that grey zone I thought never existed. I have been enjoying both work and passion since, which is a big deal because it certainly took me a while.
2. What was my biggest challenge this year? Trying to find my life’s purpose. I was juggling with all these wishes and expectations, career-wise and passion-wise and I was determined to – with time’s limitations – excel in both. When I was presented the opportunity to pursue a PhD, it left me puzzled even more. I had to face a question I did not dare ask myself and I had to be honest about it. I’m not sure if I have found my life’s purpose, I’m not sure anyone can, but the fogginess has lifted and I feel like I’m back on track again.
3. What did I learn? That for everything in life, there’s a time and place. Things happen when they do, no sooner, no later and never without reason. Don’t be hasty and always be prepared. Things will eventually fall into place.
4. What am I grateful for? Having all that I have now. Life can change in an instant and when it does, I don’t want to regret failing to cherish it or see its worth. I am grateful for having my family around me safe and sound. I am grateful for my own and K’s health. I am grateful for all that surrounds me and to have the life that I have. I realise it’s never a given and we’re never entitled to anything.
5. What would I have done differently? I don’t believe you could ever do better if you could change the hand of time. Things happen because they do and eliminating one set of challenges does not mean you won’t be faced with another set instead. I think the key is to always learn from your mistakes. When you do, there’s no need for regret.
6. How did THE|AVANTGUARDIAN change? Last June we celebrated the blog’s one year anniversary. It has changed gradually since then without my intending to do so. A big change was the blog’s exposure. I am seeing my readership grow more and more which gives me much delight. I enjoy creating content and that remains my sole intention for this blog. But it has been a blast receiving your feedback and getting to interact with you.
7. In what way has 2014 changed me? In my journal yesterday, I wrote that, in one word, 2014 could best be summarised with ‘balance’. I am in a balance of things again. I am still juggling loads of things but I am doing it with much more clarity (and enjoyment) than before.
So, answering these questions for yourself, how has 2014 changed you guys?