First, I’m sorry for missing my Weekly High Fives last Sunday (I was having too much of a good time visiting my fiance and totally forgot to write!).. next, I don’t think I’ll be writing High Fives today either.. Why?
Well, I decided to make today an annual review since this year is only 2 days away from coming to an end and Monday, Tuesday will be rather difficult to sit down and write. 2013 has been great and there is so much to be thankful for.. Let’s begin..
My friend Gingin moved to Chicago at a time when I really needed her.. I whined, cried, complained, stressed, and everything in between with her! Throughout the rest of the first half of the year, it was lovely to be able to see her and spend time with her. Truly truly miss having her around now that I have moved out of Chicago.
Early this year, I also met two extremely sweet young ladies with whom my friendship has just grown exponentially throughout the remainder of the year. Pooja and Karen — you two made ID rotation bearable! I am so lucky to have found these two very loving souls to add to my friends! With Karen, I’ve enjoyed lots of cupcake explorations and Devon street at its best!
Chicago also gave me 3 more very close friendships — Yamuna, Akash, and Devanshu.. together with Karen and myself, we like to call ourselves the Famous Five! I have lived and loved all the moments to their fullest with these guys in Chicago! From the Step 2CS studying to crazy late night cravings and adventures, to having a heart-to-heart for hours, to board game nights, dinners, free movie screenings, birthday celebrations, long drives to rotations, discussing best options for exams and residency, and just simply being there for each other.. and more!! I hope and pray that we always remain such good friends!
In general, Chicago up to August 2013 was a great experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Passed my CS, completed 4/6 of my core rotations, made new friends, tried lots of food places, explored the city, lost weight, and had a blast!
Then came the rest of 2013.. which seems to have gone by in a flash! The biggest change in my life in 2013 has been officially having a significant other and I can not even begin to explain how special this has been and how happy I am. I couldn’t have asked for a better “better-half” than Saad. I’ve known him for some time now but getting to know the rest of his family and the extremely warm acceptance that I have received in unparalleled. A quote just popped in my mind as I am writing this and so I must share it.. “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want to start the rest of your life as soon as possible.”
Speaking of family, I must say that 2013 would have not been what it is if it wasn’t for the support of my parents, siblings and sister-in-law. Through all the ups and downs, joys and sorrows, fights and make-ups.. I wouldn’t be the person I am without them. And of course, the most special thing to have happened this year is the birth of my nephew, Arhaan! There are no words to express the joy I felt when I heard about him and saw his first picture! My heart exploded through my eyes and I cried when I was happy — that had never happened before! I don’t know where this love for him comes from, but I haven’t felt like this for anyone else. I can only imagine what it must be like to have your own child if this is how I feel about my nephew. May he have the best of everything, always!
And last but not the least, there are a few people without whom I can not imagine surviving this roller-coaster journey that we call “life”.. Irena, Maria, Saeera — THANK YOU girlies! xoxo
So basically, 2013 has been a good year. Made new friends, connected with old ones, strengthened existing ones, enjoyed family (especially now that I feel like I have double the family :)), learned a lot about myself, studied and practiced the clinical aspect of medicine, and had a wonderful time.
Thank you to everyone who crossed my path this year because in some way or another you have made this year great!
Hoping 2014 will be better and greater! Have some resolutions, plans, changes for the coming year.. more to come on my New Year’s post 🙂