- I hold it true, whate'er befall;
- I feel it when I sorrow most;
- 'Tis better to have loved and lost
- Than never to have loved at all.
I also must confess that this division idea is hardly my own. I am inspired by a similar (but a lot shorter!) self-appraisal attempted on Facebook by a much respected school senior, Ashish Singh. These sub-heads are as under:-
- Work and Professional Development
- Relationships and Personal Development
- Family and Friends (distinguished from Relationships)
- Work-Life Balance
Without much more ado, I launch into my descriptive memories...
1. Work and Professional Development: Graduated from MDI Gurgaon, had the 2nd Convocation of my life, attended my first. The hat throwing was awesome. Got placed for the third time, started full-time work for the first time. Went to Mumbai for the second time, spent three good months there as part of the Management Trainee Program 'Axis Ahead' conducted by my employer Axis Bank. Post this, I came back closer home to New Delhi, and took up a position here. Also, the first salary was an amazing experience.
Post the training, I had a more glamorous option available, but opted for a more earthy beginning to my career, since I wanted the start to bear tangible, quantifiable results. Here is hoping that my faith shall stand vindicated. Work's mostly been good and there has been a reasonably steep learning curve. 2011 holds promise.
My Rating: 4/5
2. Relationships and Personal Development: The year stared painfully when I took the first 3 and a half months to finally let go of a relationship. We're still great friends and I count that as a major life accomplishment. I must acknowledge the generous and no strings attached love and support from my parents. Thank you Ma and Dad. You're rock stars.
Moving on hurts, but is necessary at times. Might sound remarkably quick, but in due course, I proposed to somebody else, and got rejected. Ouch. But, I'm not giving up on hope any time soon.
I grew with several life experiences, both personal and vicarious. Read some excellent books, watched some good cinema and theater, engaged in (non-competitive) sport. Taught somebody how to swim. Mostly had a fun time. Probably touched a few lives, and tried to make a few people happier in the process, and I hope that that counts.
Overall, not the best of times in the relationships scheme of things, but grew as a person whilst learning and getting back up from the somewhat harsh falls that I took.
My Rating: 3/5
3. Travel: Continuing from the 2009 theme (when I did some significant travel in Europe), I would say I am overall satisfied with my roaming around this year. Post placements, I set out with a bunch of my closest friends on a spiritual sojourn to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu. That trip was good.
Further on, April saw me headed out to yet another holy journey to the 'Kumbh' in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. This time, I facilitated the Kumbh snan (a dip in the revered Ganges at the bathing ghats at Haridwar) for three generations (grandparents, parents and some of my own).
Second week of May had me and the earlier mentioned bunch out again to Nainital, Kosani, and Mukteshwar. The standard boat riding and sightseeing in Nainital, the equisitely beautiful sunrise in Kosani, and adventure sports in Mukteshwar were a few of the highlights. Also the time there gave me some of my most beautiful personal moments for the year. I shall not forget that trip anytime soon.
Fourth week of May was time for a family trip to the North East. Shillong, Guwahati, and Cherrapunjee are wonderful places with outstanding weather. Yes, it rained a lot. We had some quality family time, and enjoyed some great hospitality, food, and sightseeing.
Then, work led me to Mumbai where I was for close to three months with a 3 week stint in Delhi in between. I was there during the famed monsoons, and allegedly the best time to be there. Besides the splendid stay at Fariyas (tad small swimming pool) and the brilliant theater circuit (Prithvi and Tata Theater), June-September was time for catching up with old friends, and generally making merry.
Oh does running the Half Marathon count as travel? I guess not! So please wait, and you shall find your due later on.
My Rating: 5/5
4. Family and Friends: Latest news first. My elder brother found a job from his B-School campus. To me, that signifies culmination of years of arduous struggle against both fate and the skeptics, for a hopefully much brighter time ahead. Here's to you, Bhaiya!
Otherwise, the family stayed close and had some very good times together.
The Best Friend got engaged and is scheduled to be married on February the 27th, 2011. Come hell or high water, I shall be there Puja Satsangi!
I got a chance to share (I dislike 'spend') reasonable amount of time with the people who really matter and was rewarded with some cherished memories by 2010.
Oh, and in June, I crossed a 1,000 'friends' on Facebook. Plus, over 500 connections on Linkedin. With popularity like that, and a network that strong, I think I may just be the CXO of a mid-sized firm within the next 10 years! Yes, that is a joke. At my own expense.
My Rating: 4/5
5. Work-Life Balance: It's only been 6 and a half months of full-time work so far. So far, I can't complain much, though one would always like more time for their lives. I was recently telling a close friend "You work so that you can get a life!". Work giving meaning to life is another line of thought. I have been able to make out time for doing things that I had in mind before I started work. I have been able to take a vacation with the family, I have been able to read, write (though not as much as I would like), watch theater and cinema, listen to music, take care of my health, party and socialize. But I still insist that working on Saturdays is not funny.
My Rating: 4/5
6. Health: I swear I shall become a lot more regular with my gymming routine next year. Serious! Okay, so 2010 saw the occasional bursts of health consciousness with some time being taken for Pranayam and meditation, and at other times, my feeling really important about pumping iron at least thrice a week. The intent was there, regular action wasn't. The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon was very satisfying experience though. I finished 20.097 kilometers in a net time of 2 hours and 42 minutes. At least, my Grandfather was really proud. And it got me a medal too!
I am grateful for being quite fit for the most part, I realize that the time for being more proactive on the health front should be at least 5 years before you turn 30. That means now!
2011 will see me focusing a lot more on my physical well-being by regular work-outs, Pranayam, and (mostly) healthy food. The health people at the Marathon did a few check-ups and told me that I was in top-shape. I plan to run again in 2011, and improve on my time this year.
My Rating: 3/5