To Another Glorious Year
A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.
We live a movie. Each year a different chapter with December as the final scene: the dimmed lights, the fading sounds, the pull back shots, and the remaining silence.
Like in the iconic final scene of “The Graduate,” where Ben (Dustin Hoffmann) and Elaine (Katharine Ross) elope to find their own happiness. In the back of the bus, they look out of the window, hysterically laughing, seeing their families left behind. This moment of euphoria and freedom fades away as they are hit by the reality. The movie ends with an isolated and impassive moment: the couple reflecting back on what they have done and the feeling of regret to follow.
December for me is like the ending of “The Graduate.” I take the time to slow down and look back on a full year of achievements, failures, and missed opportunities. I reminisce over the pleasurable moments, the pains, and mostly the journey as a whole. I go from nostalgia back to sadness to end with a clear vision full of hope and determination: next year will be destined for greater things.
I was driving home last night after a beautiful tapas dinner shared over a nice bottle of wine and endless laughter. It just started to snow, the roads were covering with soft snow, and Michael Bubble’s “Home” was playing on the radio. Everything around me faded as I got grounded into the moment, to realize how grateful and lucky I am to have a place to call “home.”
Despite this season being overly commercialised, December never fails to remind us of our loved ones, and the importance of cherishing the moments we spend with them. These moments grow more and more rare as we get older, and we unconsciously drift away to follow paths that we have set for ourselves, chasing career achievements and other worldly preoccupations.
Half of the year, we are just struggling to make things work: meetings, responsibilities, and deadlines. We go through numerous life experiences without actually living any; physically present yet mentally disconnected. We are so blinded by this rush until we come to realize at the end of the year, the true life opportunities we missed out on: the books we didn’t read, the family gatherings we missed, the opportunities to learn something new, the chances of meeting new people, and the energy to give back to the community.
My plan for 2015 is to slow the pace, live and savour each moment as it can only come once. I want to be stimulated and challenged at all times. I want to invest the time in the things that truly matter: the experiences and opportunities that make us grow emotionally and mentally. I want to maintain a fertile imagination, a sound mind, and a healthy body. Most importantly, I want to continue to believe that we are all destined for glory, happiness, and endless love.
I wish you a great finale for 2014 no matter how your chapter ends, and I would love to hear about your New Year resolutions.