It’s that time of the year when the countdown to new beginnings is just around the corner. While I’m part excited and part mellow, I’m also a little hesitant at making new plans because one never knows what’s in store for us in the days to come.
As I look back on the year that’s been, I can only say I’ve so much to be grateful for, from having witnessed and experienced life, up close, through the prism of losses, heartbreaks, failures and disasters in the course of the last twelve months that I can only think of as cataclysmic. Through all of this, if I had to think of one single thing that’s been common to all of us, it would be this one realisation that we cannot take anything for granted, nothing, absolutely nothing in the world—least of all, this precious life of ours and that of our near and dear ones.
2021 has taught us yet another a lesson in embracing the impermanence of life, as we’ve all struggled to navigate ourselves through this state of flux that has become a constant…everything around us reminding us, every single day, through multiple ways, that there never was a better time to live in the present moment. It’s written in stone—the here and the now, that we need to live by, from now on, for the rest of our lives.
And yet, we all live in hope, for better times to come, because, that is what will make us jump out of bed every morning to work to work towards new beginnings. Our darkest times, whilst being a stark reminder of the reality of life, will also goad us to dream of beautiful dawns and dusks. Through the course of our lives, even as we seem to dangle between hope and despair, our minds and our hearts will conspire to nudge us to forge new pathways, to build, create and produce new objects, systems, processes and what not, because, at the end of the day, we all know that life must go on. We know, that in the midst of all the uncertainty and the chaos of our very fragile existence, we will also have some of our most beautiful and cherished moments this life has to offer. The dichotomy of life is an irreplaceable aspect of this duality, within which humanity continues to thrive.
Of course, there will be setbacks, as they’ve always been. They are a part of the human condition. Like, for instance, the disproportionately high number of instances when things didn’t work out in a certain way for you or me, but, then, on hindsight, it turns out there must have been a very good reason for that. Everything that happens to us happens because the Universe has willed it so. Life happens. Every big and small thing that became an obstacle for us, happened because there was a lesson in it that had to be learnt, which couldn’t have come if things had gone otherwise.
Time and again, life has taught us, how it is the obstacle that is the way. Negativity, pessimism and fear cannot take us forward. That is a known.
So, I’m keeping my sights fixed on learning and growing, even as I’m counting my blessings and bracing up to face 2022! I do not know what lies ahead. But, I do remind myself, every day, that there is a world of possibilities out there, and there’s not one or two, but a total of 365 days to go for whatever it is, that my heart is willing to seek—you, me, we all are in this together—our personal and professional goals included, our journeys into known and unknown paths, that only we have to walk upon and discover for ourselves.
We’ve lived in fear and darkness for the longest time, over the past eighteen months. I wonder how things would be, if we now learn to embrace the light and live in hope, instead?
Leaving you with the words of the famous poet, T.S. Eliot:
The question to ask is—
Are we ready to make a new beginning?