Another year comes to an end, and it definitely has been eventful. Here’s a look back at all the great (and some not-so-great) things that happened in 2016 that impacted me.
The year started with heavy wedding planning. Anup and I decided last year that we will adhere to cultural norms and finally get hitched. Here’s the thing though: it really is not that big of a deal. When you care for someone and are comfortable being yourself in their presence, the planning, the decor, the ceremony, these all just become background noise. The more important thing is that we were finally able to start our lives together in a manner that suited us – a West End apartment, work at a walking distance, lots of yoga, and of course, each other’s company. There were plenty of learning curves for all of us involved, but in the end, love triumphed. It was also a good way for us to deepen our understanding of ourselves. Marriage is not a compromise, it is not a form of defeat, it is not two halves coming together as one. It is, instead, two complete souls on their own individual journeys that happen to be walking alongside in this moment. This moment is meant to last a lifetime, but true contentment is knowing that the only part that matters is NOW.
Besides this I also got an opportunity to travel, visit parts of Europe, and spend lots of time with my new family in England.
I am lucky enough to have two different career paths, both of which have the same purpose: to teach. Last year I realized that this was my true calling, so 2016 was all about learning and advancement. The most exciting part about teaching is that the self-progress never stops. I went back to practicing yoga regularly, continued my journey in to my mind through meditation, and met some truly amazing people. At first I kept my Hotel Management Instructor role separate from the yoga, but then it occurred to me – the message is almost the same. In both classrooms I was teaching the importance of self-love, respect, happiness, and improvement. My Hotel Management students started attending my yoga classes, and that for me was a winning moment. I now happily offer my services both as a yoga teacher as well as a hospitality consultant, and believe me, I could not be happier. There was another realization that came with all of this – nothing is permanent. As I mentioned in my “Personal” section, only part that matters is NOW. I could very well find a new path next year, and I am certainly open to the possibilities.
I would be naive if I said I was not impacted by the world around me. Everyone has an opinion, and social media has made it easy for these thoughts to be vocalized. 2016 was a year where I focused less on the actual news article, and more on the comments that people wrote in response. Many times I caught myself cringing at the viciousness of some people’s language. I tried to not take it personally, I tried to put myself in their shoes, but several times it just angered me further. The lesson I learned here was to pay attention to my thoughts. Everything I felt was unnecessary suffering, and for some reason I was continuing to subject myself to it. Just this realization is a giant step on its own, and now the work begins to distance myself from all this loathing.
The idea of a new year always excites me, but probably only because it is day of celebration. There will be no resolutions, but there will be intentions. Being present is far more important than constantly thinking about tomorrow, because if life has taught me anything, it is that there is no constant. Anything can change at any time, and the more open you are to this concept, the easier it will become to accept it when it happens.
Love everyone, be You, and don’t forget to breathe. xx