What The Year 2014 Meant For Me

It was this time last year I was with Heba reading the 2014 horoscope for Aquarius and to sum it up, it said that the first half of my year wasn’t going to be any fun with no rewards – it was going to be all about work…work and more work. Things would get a bit better after July. Nothing that I read was hopeful nor exciting to make me look forward to 2014 and that’s when I said to Heba ” I’m going to prove the horoscope wrong, I’m going to have a great year “.  

It turned out I didn’t really need to try that hard after all because the good times just kept coming. Every week I had some fun event on, I got to meet great people, make new friends, I stuffed my face, put on weight and let my hair out, more than I probably should have. I didn’t worry about much like I normally do, I was all smiles and laughs. I enjoyed the ride because I knew the ride would eventually come to an end just like all good things. My ride lasted for ten months, I enjoyed every second and always reminded myself not to take any moment for granted. It was turning out to be one of the best years I’ve had in quite some time. 

In November the ride ended. I did something which I have wanted to do for years but have always been too scared…I finally got braces! It was one of my New Year’s resolutions. It was awful, I felt every second of every minute for the first ten days but I am proud of myself for going through with it. 2014 had gone by so quickly till the day I got my braces. It was so rewarding and memorable to see my teeth move within the first week of having them.

At the same time my Grandma and Nana had been admitted into two different hospitals for different reasons.  It’s a coincidence you just don’t ever hope for. My parents were away on holiday at the time which only added to the stress.  

I thought I hated hospitals but I realised after my Nana got moved to a nursing home (for rehabilitation for her broken leg) that I hated nursing homes more. My Grandma unfortunately didn’t improve even though I was positive she would. She sadly passed away twelve days before Christmas and less than twenty-four hours from my Grandfather’s anniversary.  I discovered during this period that I come from a long line of strong women.  My Grandma made us laugh until her final days – she was always a character.  


One day I overheard a group conversation on the train about Christmas. One of the ladies said her Dad told her Christmas is fun when you’re a kid and when you have kids, in between it’s just ordinary. I think I have reached the ordinary period. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the abundance of food and catching up with people but the excitement I use to have has been lost. I did receive though enough chocolate to get me through 2015 and beyond 🙂
Our family had Christmas lunch at my Grandma’s house for the last time. Her house felt empty and was silent. There was not a noise in the kitchen and the table that always had food on it was now empty. After lunch I was off to the nursing home to visit my Nana.

By the end of December I couldn’t wait for the New Year to come. 2014 has been fun it wasn’t all bad but I needed a new start, a fresh canvas to think about all the possibilities 2015 could bring.  

To the people who have been there for me, you know who you are and hopefully you’re reading this I say thank you. I get by with a little help from my friends and I’m grateful for the amazing friends I have.   

2015 I’m ready for you … BRING IT!

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