Somehow life has been an assimilation of 5-year cycles for me – where the first 2 years are damn good, the next 2 years are painful and the last year is moderate. Looking back, 1999 and 2000 were awesome years for me. I was in high school in what I look back fondly as the ‘wonder years’ of my life. Life had everything – no responsibilities, no tension, a close circle of friends, a buzzing high-school social circuit (read: girls, alcohol, parties, school fests, etc etc).
2001 and 2002 was when life took a drastic turn and everything that could go wrong went wrong. When I still look back, I can’t fathom how I could manage to pull myself such a tough phase of life. I prefer not to talk or even think about that period, but those were the 2 years that made me a man, at all of 20 years of age. 2003 was a period of transition – I moved to Bangalore for my post grad and into a completely new world.
Now onto the second cycle – 2004 and 2005 were spent on mostly on campus and partly on the beaches of Sydney. Campus time, as we all know, is the best time of our lives. It’s a time of youthful enthusiasm, of limitless alcohol, of night-long parties followed by day-long hard work (or vice versa), of everlasting friendships and of an overwhelming feeling of camaraderie and community. In short, it’s the last couple of years of youth before we fall prey to our mundane work lives, which spring us into old age before we even realize. Needless to say, for me too, it was the best period of my life.
2006 was when chaos started setting in on the work as well as personal front. 2006 was when I also made the decision to return to India and finally moved to Mumbai in 2007 into a completely new line of work. The first year at work was full of turmoil as I struggled to juggle multiple balls in the air, even without knowing how to juggle. 2008 was moderate – The bad part was that all was quiet on the work front, but the good thing was that it translated into new friendships and also into my first long holiday (Ladakh).
So that brings us to 2009. Going by the historical technical chart of my life, 2009 should be a super year. And yes – so far it has turned out to be just that. Suffice to say that I could not be happier with life (touchwood) at the moment, and I hope I can overturn the cyclicality of my life, and make this last longer than 2 years. Cheers to a happy 2009!
Afterthought: I realize that this is as personal a blog-post as I have ever written. Kind of breaks my rule of not making this a personal diary. But for once, I’ll let it be…