As you read this, 2015 is almost over and you might be sitting there either waiting for the 31st bash to begin or making eleventh hour plans with your friends because all previous plans went kaput. Another wonderful year comes to an end which gave us lot of memories, both good and bad. For now, let’s skip over the negative ones and focus on the good. Before we move on to our main topic, here’s a small recap of a few events from this year that will give you smiles and some of them will restore your faith in humanity
- Air India announces its first operational profit after 9 years of its merger with Indian Airlines. As per the officials, factors including falling oil prices, better financial management and the improved performance of the Boeing 787 led to better results.
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- In the month of September, Eid and Ganesh Chaturthi overlapped, and due to lack of space in Mumbai, Hindus allowed around 1300 Muslims to offer the Eid namaz in Ganpati pandals , whereas in another incident, Muslims cleared way for Ganpati procession.
- Azeem Premji, chairman of Wipro Limited became the first Indian to sign up for the Giving Pledge, an initiative by Warren Buffet, and donated around $2.3 billion for charity. That’s around Rs. 54,000 crore. He ranks 4th in the list of top philanthropists in the world, whereas Mark Zuckerberg, who made a lot of hoo-haa about his donation ranks 13th.
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- Cochin Airport became the first 100% solar powered airport in the world. Yes, 100%. And it is expected to save 300,000 ton of carbon emissions over the next 25 years. A proud moment for every Indian, isn’t it?
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- Harman Singh, a 22 year old Indian student in New Zealand, took off his turban and used it to save the life of a five-year old boy. Salute to his modesty, when asked about the incident, his reply was “I simply did what any human would do.” He was then awarded by New Zealand police and gifted furniture by a News Channel.
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- Last but not the least, 2015 was a fantastic year for ISRO, which launched 6 satellites and also got the Space Pioneer award for Mangalyaan, the most cost effective Mission to Mars ever undertaken in world history. Yippee!
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That’s some proud moments for us as Indians and as world citizens as well.
We make new resolutions every year, and quite enthusiastically follow them for a week or maximum, a month. Then we drift into the same apathy as each year. So, this year, instead of making any steadfast resolutions let us pledge to keep some life lessons in mind that will benefit us mentally, morally as well as socially.
So you want to be happy? Then stop letting smallest things ruin your entire day. If you are bored with your daily routine, do something unexpected. Stop complaining about how alone you are when you’re surrounded by people that care about you. Forget all the drama and let go of all the grudges you’ve been holding. Stop lingering over all that you could have, should have and would have done. Just live the days as they come. Wake up every morning and smile at the wonderful day that awaits you. Take risks. Let yourself be happy, because you deserve it.
Don’t forget the most important thing in life. People…! You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people, and you will need to be that other person for someone, a living breathing screaming invitation to believe better things.
Want to feel positive energy all the time? Well, then stop worrying. Stop worrying about the things that aren’t worth your energy you put into staying angry. Want to be silly (and crazy)? Take a shower. Take five showers. Hell, take ten showers if you want to. Stay in bed all day and do nothing. Watch shitty romantic movies and cry your heart out. Stay outside all day. Wake up in the morning with determination to fall in love with your city all over again. Find quiet cafes and books stores you’ve never seen before. Hang around there for hours; you’ll come across all the different kinds of amazing people our world is filled with.
Life isn’t always cheerful and happy. There are ups and there are downs. And it’s those dark days that make us stronger. Remember, it’s always the darkest before dawn. And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person that walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.
Hope you have a wonderful 2016 ahead. Wish you a very prosperous new year in advance. Do not forget to pray for peace throughout the world. 🙂