Updated: May 16

Hi there!

How’re you all doing?! I hope you guys are safe, healthy, at home, and taking good care of yourselves and your family. My heart goes out to those who are bearing the loss of a loved one. The pandemic has been tough, but don't let your hopes of a brighter future fade away, because this too shall pass.

I know, I know, I’ve been MIA (Missing In Action) for quite a while now; but trust me I’m back here to stay. I extend my sincere apologies to all of you for not being able to surface here as I was caught up in a few important tasks lately. And to be honest, I skipped an extra, last week deliberately, so that I can re-start and pen down a blog post when I’m smarter, cooler, nicer, and older! Yep, it’s my birthday today and I’m resuming my blog!

So, to begin with, this one’s not like my conventional blog posts but rather something where I’ll start with how I feel today, and...... let’s see where it ends ;)

So yeah, my 18th Birthday, drum roll, please! Get the balloons, confetti, cake, music and have the parade ready to march down the street. I mean, is this what I should be expecting today? That the clouds soaring high will make space for the sun’s rays to shine directly down on me to say, “Hey World! It’s My Day!”? No, today isn’t about all that jazz. What today truly means, unlike the other birthdays is that I’m not just a year older.

I can hear it saying – “it’s time to make a bigger ripple in the world.

Well, when I think back, I don’t want to look at anything I have come across as a triumph or a failure. I want to just look at it like a well-balanced ongoing journey made of the paths taken, the paths chosen, and also the paths that were chosen for me. I want to take a moment to be grateful for the good and the bad that have shaped me so far. And when I do that, I want to count on every person who has filled these years with memories and learnings to be treasured forever.

So, here’s a list of things that I’d love to celebrate today!

1. Growth

If I pull over to the side of the road and see how far I have come, I feel grateful to the people and opportunities that have come my way and have always given me the strength to dream higher and discover my true self. I embrace this feeling of growth and evolution that makes me a better version of myself every single day.

2. My prized possessions

My family and friends have forever stood strong like pillars, supporting me when I climb and lifting me when I fall. I wouldn’t have pulled through these years without you guys! And to my main chick, my mom - whatever I achieve in life, is first yours and then mine.

3. Randomness

Trajectories aren’t linear and that’s how it has been so far. There’s more stuff I’ve done randomly, out of the blue than the ones that came down actually planned. And to be honest, it has truly helped me explore a lot more than what I was prepared for. So, cheers to that! And I look forward to the twists and turns ahead :)

4. The Army life

This is something I take the utmost pride in. I’m privileged to belong to a breed of kids who are raised in and transferred from one cantonment to another as our military parents are which has uniquely shaped my upbringing. I would never trade ‘The military brat’ life that I have been blessed for anything in this world.

5. My creative side

Simply put: I’m the most confident when I am creative. I think as long as I have a creative outlet, I’m happy. It has always set my mind free and pushed the boundaries of my imagination.

6. Confidence

One of my strengths that have kept me going all this while is the confidence I place in myself, my choices and the decision my well-wishers make for me. I’m confident, whether rain or shine and I’m grateful to my parents for backing me up with this power.

7. My Wish

Lastly, I’d like to celebrate what I wish for, today, tomorrow and all the days to come - I wish to be the best version of myself; weathered by life and raring to do so much more!

After all this, all that I can say is – if this is what it feels like to be 18, Bryan Adams got it right, gonna be 18 till I die. XD

Endlessly grateful to you all.

For your presence, love, comments, shares, and unfaltering support.

Wishing you all the best of health and strength to pull through the pandemic. Make sure to wear a mask when you're stepping out and sanitize your hands and surroundings, regularly.

Stay home, stay safe.

Cheers to my next 365.

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