2011. A year of change. The start of a transformation.
Although the aesthetic of Facebook’s new timeline feature is really rather hideous and overwhelming, to the extent that I feel claustrophobic when viewing my own profile, it’s a neat way of looking back over one’s life, and has helped me to refresh some memories of this year. I started 2011 looking forwards, and I can genuinely say that until now (for reasons of reflection) I haven’t looked back.
I was discussing highlights and lowlights of the year 2011 with my sister over dinner recently, and I actually found it difficult to pinpoint lowlights. Even when I broke a bone in my foot earlier in the year, which slowed me down and generally left me feeling frustrated, I learnt from the experience, and realised how lucky I am to be able bodied and independent. For a short period, I was able to empathise with those who are not as lucky or ‘able’ as me, and felt the struggles that they go through daily! For me it was a setback, for others, it’s a constant.
I started 2011 with some goals. The path that I followed was not as I had planned it, which made the journey and the getting there, all the more interesting. I think there’s a few well known quotes I could insert here, but I’ll abstain and you can infer. If I were to break the year down into three parts, perhaps Acts, I’d present the following:
Act I – The Plan
Act II – The Plan (Reenergised and Revamped)
Act III – Enactment of the Plan and A Final Twist in the Tale (More inference required for those who do not know me well)
In January 2011, I would not have thought I’d be where I am today or would have accomplished and experienced half of what I have. There have been many highlights, but I’ll indulge myself in remembering two of them:
1. Be The Change, Tuscany, Italy – hosted by the Global Volunteer Network (GVN):
Not since my MBA course, have I felt so inspired by the people I met, the stories I heard, the knowledge I gained, and how my mind and heart expanded. Thank you to everyone who took part in that very special week. This is where I was inspired to start writing my blog, and where I crafted/stole the title of this post and my eponymous blog title. (albeit translated from French)
2. Swaziland trip with Positive Women and raising £1500 by living on £1 a day for Positive Women.
I have a value around truth. It annoys me when people (including myself), preach rhetoric, but don’t act. I changed that this year, and became my word. The people of Swaziland have left an deep imprint on my heart, and I will continue to fight to seek justice in that country through the brilliant charity (that I am an advocate for) “Positive Women”. And we won’t stop at Swaziland. I’m proud to be able to do something (however small) about causes that I feel passionate about, and if I can encourage others into action all the better. “Everything that lives, lives not alone, not for itself.” William Blake
It’s great to reflect, and to show gratitude for what’s gone, but it’s even better to look forward to what’s to come, to look to your path, and to be filled with excitement at the prospect of the journey unravelling.
I’ll end with a quote from a formidable man, that inspired me more this year than ever before, having delved into his life a little deeper. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela
Wishing you all a joyous new year. Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit.