Things that last year proved to be true

And lessons I learned while I was 24

  1. Paulo Coelho was right when he wrote: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
  2. And so is this guy who said: “… the devil doesn’t come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you’ve ever wished for …” ― Tucker Max, Assholes Finish First
  3. And this lady too: “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.” — Edna Buchanan
  4. Life feels very incomplete without pets.
  5. Smell-O-Vision TV won’t always be such a swell idea. (See prologue to know why.)
  6. I love you’s from kids are the sweetest.
  7. There are still more good people than bad. Sometimes the nicest people are strangers, and they make the world feel a little safer. Be a nice stranger.
  8. You know, just being nice is enough. You don’t have to force yourself to be extra friendly. You’ll get in trouble for that.
  9. Siblinghood gets better with age.
  10. Intimacy is still a need, unfortunately. That’s why…
  11. People who are happier by choosing to remain single, in spite of age or involvement of a child, are a kind of modern day hero.
  12. Success is a combination of hard work and luck — 80% effort, 20% timing.

Last year was a year of being brave and bold. I quit the corporate world, took a chance of starting life anew in a different country, continued travelling even with very little money, immediately got back on my feet after being disheartened by rejection and finally, I made decisions for myself, unadulterated by other people’s excessive “concerns”. All these wouldn’t have happened if I chose not to prioritize myself. It wasn’t easy taking the first step and along the way, terrible and really terrifying things have happened but here I am, only better and wiser.

Lastly, a big thank you to everyone who’s been very supportive of me through this year’s journey. The biggest hindrances I’ve faced throughout the years were truly crushing but I realized that I am loved by many, and the only people worth keeping are those who make me feel that I am enough. I’m beyond grateful for the years that add to my age because so far, getting older was the best thing to ever happen to me.

P.S. I made a little photo gallery on my Exposure site that you might want to check out in case you haven’t seen me before, and you’re somehow an imaginative reader who would like to form a mental image of my face while reading the stuff I write. Also, some of my favorite photos are there — ones from 1992 to yesterday.

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