2012 has been a year of bubble-wrap, happiness and courage. I moved to Mumbai, met Ratnesh's family, started blogging, became a post-graduate, and scored a job for the New Year. Three-hundred-and-sixty-five days of small changes in lifestyle and attitude and I'm entering 2013 with openness to experience what this Maximum City had in store for us!
While I have loved living in Mumbai, my body has, unfortunately, not been as happy. Food poisoning came in April (I haven't eaten banana chips since) and then in July I was back in hospital with a bad kidney infection. Two bouts of scabies followed (I didn't know what it was either!) and my intestines proved to me regularly that they could tie knots better than I could with my hands. Interestingly enough, my face has been largely spot-free for the first time in many years!
|Ratnesh & I in hospital with my Thali Hospital Food|
The kidney infection was my body's big wake-up call that it was not happy. In fact, I had been suffering from fatigue for over a year and I had been ignoring it- everyone around me was coping just fine so I figured I should be able to as well. After the kidney infection, I began getting the type of sleep, water and food that was more agreeable to me. For the first time ever I also take 6 types of vitamins each day (and remember to take them!). Come to think of it, I have not experienced any weird health conditions for two months now - knock on wood!
|India Overload of 2011!|
|I am now friends with the Mumbai Local!|
|My First Blog Post - Masala Chai Recipe|
Allowing India to be India has also allowed me to be un-Indian. What a relief. Instead of worrying about what Ratnesh's family might expect from me as his girlfriend (which I did for the first half of the year), I channeled some energy into enjoying my time with them in recent trips to Nainital and India's beaches. Mind you I got very lucky that they are wonderful people who have been accepting of me from the beginning.
Most recently, as an un-Indian, I allowed myself to go crazy about Christmas: my favorite festival. I decorated to my hearts content and had a lot of fun teaching Ratnesh about "Christmas traditions" (which may or may not have been customised to my own taste). I initiated some festive cheer in a country where the vast majority do not celebrate Christmas - and it has probably been the most enjoyable Christmas season of my life.
|Christmas Cheer with Diwali Lights|
Reflecting back on the year past, I have no big realisation or a resolution for 2013. I am just extremely grateful for each and every person that I have met along the way and every experience that has taught me something new. I am grateful to have a life filled with love and opportunity and I am thankful for the chance to blog, through which I am finding the courage to speak from my heart. And I am genuinely excited to see what the New Year has in store!
I am grateful for this journey, and wishing you all the very best with yours for the New Year ahead.
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