Not just looking down ’12, but looking down my life from since I can remember, I see me struggling hard to be who I want to be. I’ve committed a lot of mistakes and bad decisions, a few good and life changing ones; I learned something from all of them. I’ve met a lot of people and a few of those passersby stayed, some left sooner and some came back later. I’ve suffered a few heartbreaks and savored a few happy moments. If you were given a chance to remake your life, you’d probably pick all your best times and overwrite your life with it. If you were given a chance to replace one person among all the people in your life, you’d probably pick the best qualities of all the people you know and make one very special person out of it. As impossible as that sounds, you are only a thought away from living such a paradoxical life; I sort of made it happen, it’s just, I learned to appreciate what I had, loved the people who stopped by. I’ve lost it sometimes, but I’ve had it most of the time. It’s been like this for a while; 15 years to be precise. I never waited for the end of a year and the beginning of a new one to take up a resolution, to ink my feelings in a diary, to think it’s a new beginning, to feel a difference or to make a difference. I guess, you just need to make it count, don’t fish for excuses, make it a little happy, a little sad, a bit interesting, a bit boring, be rational, irrationality for a change is alright, tidy is good, messy is sometimes better, keep it simple, complicate it if needed, walk down an empty road, flute through a crouded street, try a lemon, then some lemonade, smile simply, frown painfully, laugh loudly, cry quietly, make friends, learn to let go, first love yourself, then share it with someone unconditionally, admire the beauty, don’t dig for ugliness, appreciate if you can, never insult even if you’re best at it, make more mistakes, learn the most from it, take a few calculated risks, learn to accept defeat, break a few bones, they will grow back stronger. A little bit of everything makes a very sweet cherry atop the scoop. I hope, or rather, I know ’13 will make the cherry a little sweeter and the scoop a little bigger. Happy New Year to you, make 2013 an awesome one!