The year that was; 2015

“And 2014 is over just like that. In a flash. Heh”  >> This was the first line of my diary-entry on 1st January, 2015 and I guess, it will be again, on 1st January, 2016.

2015 has come to an end and it was an amazing year for me. I learned quite a lot this year. A LOT. And enjoyed every bit of it. Every year has its highs and lows but it’s always better to focus on the highs only. And here they are. The major ones.

  • Read 20 books this year and successfully completed my challenge 😀

(I am down to 20 from the last year’s 24 but given the increased heap of studies, it is okay. And I guess next year, it’s going to be just 6 books  :v)

This year, some were good, some were not and some were awesome. My favorite of this year was definitely, Wonder.

Wonder

Wonder. It is a book that simply makes you wonder. The feel this book gave me cannot be explained. You know how some books leave an impact on your life? Yeah? Well this book didn’t even leave me. It’s right inside my head going on and on making me; wonder.

Wonder not only about kindness, but life itself. Every small thing in life that happens and how it impacts every single one of us in different ways that we can never comprehend. Happiness, loneliness, kindness, loyalty, friendship, courage, and so on.

““If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary – the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.””

 I HAVE FOUND MY BOOK. MY HAPPY BOOK. I’ll be reading it soon again.

 “Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.”

Thank you, R.J. Palacio.

My other favourite books this year would be, The Zoya Factor, The Diary of a Young Girl, Animal Farm and The Heroes of Olympus Series. It was a good year of books.

  • mean sixteen 😉

My birthday is usually just a family dinner with the extravaganza Punjabi food. But this time as it was a little bit more as it was my uncle and aunt’s 25th marriage anniversary as well. It was definitely a day to remember :’) I am mot really excited for their 50th one, though. 25 and 16 is okay, 50-41 is not xP

  • grown up, much?

Now this was really good. Me and my group of friends went to a no-help-required-from-adults trip. We traveled by metro and autos without using the navigation but the actual metro maps given on the metro station, asked numerous people and police uncles about the correct way when we realized we’ve been walking in the same circle for the past 10 minutes, and shopped on our own 😀

We checked at Bangla Sahib, the Church opposite that and then finally at Janpath for food and well, some shopping.

What I learned from this trip was that, it may take time, but the result will be satisfactory (referring to the bargaining my friend did for a jacket xD). Memorable? This little trip was more than that!

  • the big screen @.@

Again, there were some intriguing ones and some dull ones :v My favorite this year was, Inside out!

I guess this is the only movie so far that I watched thrice within a month of watching it for the first time! It is a delightful film revolving around 11 year old Riley and the emotions (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust) inside her mind that I recommend to all. ALL OF YOU.

And the best part was, the day (or three?) after I watched this, our psychology teacher started the chapter; Memory. IT JUST COULDN’T BE BETTER XD It didn’t help me in memorizing,  no, but I formed pretty good associations with the chapter keeping the scenes in mind 😀

Here’s an interesting article:

http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2015/jul/27/inside-out-philosophical-mind-pixar-philosophy

In Bollywood, the film that blew my mind was Drishyam. See it for yourself.

  • trip to chandigarh!

Trip with friends. Check

Live in a school. Check.

Drink expired milk and realize later. Check.

Come back alive. Check.

Have fun. Triple Check.

It was  a 3-day trip. We went for the Football zonal’s match there. Didn’t bring the cup [I won’t tell the score even on my death bed xD]  but definitely brought back a bucket full of memories :’)

I also got to be the Goalkeeper after ours had to return back home due to injury. I wasn’t a good one, but it was pretty enjoyable xD

A junior also recapitulated the Mahabharata to us in the most modern way as possible and I actually found it pretty interesting!

It was kinda my first trip out of Delhi without my parents, and so I did miss them a lot but the gang of friends covered it up for me :’) We all learned something or the other from each other as well as from our coach. It were 3 awesome days!

  • didn’t get ill for 2 consecutive days

Because precaution is so much better than cure. I was ill for three different days at three different times of the year but that was either cramps from running too much or headache after studying maths for too long continuously during the exam days :3 So all in all, it was a healthy year for me. *Touches wood* *Wonders why we really touch wood* *Touches wood anyway*

  • The Gift Gala

It was my brother’s 22nd birthday this year and being the awesome sister I am, gave him 22 small but happy gifts :’D

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He was elated and so was I. It was definitely worth the trouble of thinking 22 times the usual amount xD

  • shed 7 kILOS

It’s not much, to be honest. Doesn’t even show. But that’s not what I did it for anyway. I actually felt guilty about how I treated my body when I couldn’t even run half as much my friend in the match.

I actually feel somewhat light now. It’s good but not enough. There’s a long way to go and it’s going to be hard, but I know I’ll succeed and run that 21 km marathon in 2017(you need to be 18).

So these was pretty much the highlights of this year. I did some other things too, made some new friends, gave some advises, took some advises, studied a bit more than last year, improved my general awareness to some extent, made some silly jokes and had fun. A lot of fun. It was a good year.

The only thing I really missed this year was, not being able to watch the IPTL 2 😐 Federer-Djokovic was awesome last year. But Federer-Nadal is just another level! I guess I’ll have to start saving from today for going  next year :3

This year was wonderful. I am taking with me so many experiences and memories and dreams to achieve better.  And I am looking forward to 2016 with even more excitement because I have quite a lot of things planned for the next year!

Some of the goals to be achieved in 2016 are to read 6 books (down from 20 because you know, TWELFTH!), become more fit and increase my goddamn stamina (cliché, I know, but this is really important), organise a quiz at the school, figure out what to do in future (:3)travel to three new places in Delhi itself and many more.

And I am confident that I’ll be able to achieve all of them 🙂 The key is to not get stressed over it. Just stay calm (“Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.”) .

I hope you all, too, had a wonderful and adventurous year as well and may you have another one this time 🙂

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 😀

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And my new year resolution? It’s the same as last year’s 😉

P.S.- Have you ever been a Santa for someone? Try this time. It feels good.

P.P.S.- I’m sharing my #TalesOf2015 with BlogAdda.

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” -We Bought a Zoo 

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