First time joining a kickboxing class (and sticking to it for the past 6 months!), first time doing a fun run/walk (only 10 km but still an achievement!), first time travelling to Hangzhou, China and parts of Europe (both without signing up tours) ... the year was dotted with many more first times. It was also a year with lots of ups and downs, of laughter and tears - I have attended a couple of weddings, celebrated a handful new births and also a few more wake services.
Highlights of the year (amongst many more memorable moments):
Malaysia, as a nation, went through a trying year - with 3 unforgettable aviation-related mishaps, most serious flood in 20 years. Of course, there were triumphant moments which we should not write off. All these made part of our history, part of who we are. Let the happy moments teach us to be grateful for what we have and let the sad ones teach us to be strong and courageous.
Came across these words of Anna Quindlen just a while ago:
Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us because unless you know the clock is ticking, it is so easy to waste our days, our lives.