When the clock strikes twelve, I will officially be nineteen years old. Even though that is a far cry from my hair going grey, I feel like I have learnt quite a lot of stuff. And, like every old person, I feel the need to share my wisdom. So here are five things I would like to pen down about the year gone by. (Because I could not think of a sixth point.) Some of this may be clichéd, some of it might still be in the unfinished stage (because I need something to talk about next year too, right?) and all of it will be pertaining too personally to me. But here goes.
- This was by far the most eventful year of my existence. (I know, I say that every year. That’s supposed to be a good thing. It means my life keeps getting exciting.) It was the year of transition from school to college – a huge step in itself. It was about leaving the institution I’d called my second home for fourteen extremely short years, and moving on to new challenges ahead.
- Its amazing, and frankly bewildering, to note that I’ve survived a year of adulthood. Other than sneering at minors and walking extra confidently into movie halls, I haven’t done much different. I guess the time to realize the change is now, with a new life ahead to look forward to.
- I voted for the first time in elections within this year. Voting inevitably gives you a different feel. Its like you are finally deemed worthy of contributing to the country’s decision-making. (I have my issues with the process, but this isn’t the time or place to discuss that.)
- This was the year of the board exams and the competitive exams. While my performances weren’t exactly award-winning, they were satisfactory, and just a few hours ago, I did get into college. The days of floating between school and college, not belonging to either, are over.
- On a personal note, this year did gift me great relationships, especially one which I hope to carry forward to the next. As always, bonding emotionally is tough for me, so I have to carry on and try to do the best I can to play my part better than I have done previously. (That force you just felt was all the “previously”s giving me the middle finger in unison.)
When the clock strikes a dozen tonight, I will be nineteen. I still have so much to learn.