Sunday, December 30, 2012

Year end post

Working on a social network, a new one at that, is an *incredible* experience. The type of people I deal with/see online (pretty much every one mentioned here), the kind of problems that come my way, and the sheer awesomeness of working with some of the brightest and the coolest people I have ever met, makes working in Google+ the best thing that happened to me this year.

The most important thing that I have learnt this year is to consciously work on not letting small stuff get into my head and wreak havoc - decisions that I cannot influence, situations I have no control over, lost keys, crashing Excel, last minute change of plans and trolls who find fault with my grammar on Facebook statuses. It seems so much easier to get by the day without holding an active grudge or without 'willing' certain things to happen.

This year I worked on fretting lesser and on giving myself occasional breaks. I  bought great shoes and literally gave them a good run for their money. I averaged at least 20KMs a week and did 4-5KMs even on the tiredest of days. I realized cooking calms me down in an almost therapeutic manner- cooking and games like this where one sets up a restaurant and runs it. I wore my spectacles more often and got lesser headaches.

I indulged my whims and got a nice massage almost fortnightly. I alternated between masala tea and filter coffee. I made my days by eating absolutely delicious Ada Pradhaman/ MysorePa/ plum cakes at work.

As always, it is great to have a bunch of friends, old and new, who nudge me on to the nice, joyful, "embrace thy life" path whenever I slip into the whiny and paranoid mode that just makes the lightness of being, unbearable.

2012 was *nothing* like how I desperately wanted it to be. However, it turned out to be pretty cool and perhaps much better than how it could have been. I think I shouldn't really bitch about the universe and the grand schemes it seems to have plotted against me, considering how bad things could have been right now.

All that said, I have no expectations from me or from 2013. Hakuna Matata.