I started this blog while interning with a news magazine. Soon after that I got into law school. Today, I am a law graduate (subject to examination results, of course!)
Needless to say Twiggy is super happy. And relieved. Since she has used this space to rant about all the hard times, she thought it would be a good idea to share pleasant news as well.
However, Twiggy being Twiggy, she found something to worry about even in the post-exam (supposedly blissful) phase.
Spent the past two weeks in crippling anxiety and intense disappointment over the emails that started with “We regret to inform you” and ended with “wish you all the best for your future endeavours.” Let me sort out the present to begin with, you guys.
I’ve come to terms with it now. The job applications and preps and interviews shall happen when they must and I’ll keep working at that. But I’m not wasting this time in anxiety and unease. I have a few months to myself where I can finally wake up whenever I want, afford to not have a fixed time table for the day, eat breakfast at 10 AM and then go back to sleep if I wish to. In short, there is freedom to do with my day as I please, and that is an absolute luxury. (I must mention though that despite all this freedom, I am a creature of habit and a product of TamBrahm upbringing. So cannot get my self to stay in bed beyond 7.30 AM or sleep away for long hours during the day. But I take pleasure in having the choice to do so should I wish to)
Anyhoo, I think my official welcome to 2018 is being extended right about now. Because I can look and think beyond just moots and exams and job applications.
In this post from Jan, 2017, I made of list of things I wanted to get done in 2017. Here’s the status update on that:
- Drink more than 2 litres of water a day
- Do not buy any perfumes in 2017 (Dad, ignore this one. I shall accept perfumes as presents, okay?)
- Build enough stamina to run 20 minutes without reaching for an inhaler.
- Read at least 5 non-fiction books
- Perfect the art of painting the nails on your right hand without making a mess. (Cannot afford to paint my nails like a 5 year old any more)
3.5/5. Because I may not be a nail painting pro but I’m definitely better than I was in 2016. And that is no mean feat. To give you a reference point, here is a sample of my drawing skills:
I did acquire perfumes. Two of them. One of them was a gift from the Mother. The other one I bought on sale, okay? 40% off. That bottle was begging to be bought!
Other milestones in 2017:
- I’ve upped my baking game. I bake quite well but I shall crown myself the queen of banana chocolate chip muffins. Do not argue until you’ve tasted them!
- I danced. In public. A proper choreographed dance. Without tripping or making a fool of myself. And most surprisingly, I enjoyed it! Sure, the joy was mostly because a close friend was getting married. But usually even that isn’t nearly enough to get me to the dance floor. Not in 2017. One inhibition conquered.
- Tried my hand (and stomach) keto diet. Didn’t really work very well for me but I’m usually not good with following diet restrictions and I managed to keto for about 8 weeks without any cheats so I’ll pat myself on the back for that one. (But a dear friend of mine has been keto-ing like a Queen for 5 months now and I am SUPER PROUD of her! M, please stop being so hard on yourself?)
- Used my Moleskine planner throughout the year. A few weeks off here and there. For the most part though, I used it! Didn’t have to flip through dozens of empty pages feeling positively mortified at the end of the year!
Given that the aforementioned position does not make me want to hide my face and doobo myself in chullu bhar paani, I’m going to be more ambitious in 2018. I saw some of my friends make “18 for 2018” lists, but since I am already a little over 4 months behind, I shall go with 10.
- No sugar consumption for at least 4 months (not necessarily in one stretch)
- A 5 kilometre run
- Read 10 books.
- Join (and regularly attend!) Yoga classes
- Work on anxiety issues
- Bake sugar free desserts for the Mother
- Do 30 suryanamaskar-s at a stretch (without panting like a dog at the end of it)
- Finish workout and a bath before 11 AM even on holidays and weekends (I feel lazy before that and icky afterward)
- Stop comparing yourself to others; do not set standards of achievements/success based on other people’s lives
- Eat more fruits
Yes. That looks neat. I wanted to add “Update this blog at least once a month” on the list but decided fruits were just a littttlleee bit more important 😀
Here’s to (about) two months of total freedom and hopes for financial independence after that.
Thanks for bearing with my rants these past years. ❤ (Though I doubt they’ve come to an end)