Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Auld Lang Syne, Comes forth 2013

Another year. Another year wiser perhaps? Another chance to make-up for all the missing spots, the broken promises, self and to others. Another 365 days of hopes and dreams, blessed with opulence and happiness. 

Ah, yes. It all seems so easy and...predictable. Very habitual, almost. Year in, year out. Lest the spirit remains, at every 1st of January on every Roman calendar - self button's reset, and to be all brand new is the aspirations. 

And the familiarity of that Auld Lang Syne song, for although it was originally a Christmas carols, such familiarity it has with our own culture - that every year end, we are reminded by it, at least I do. 

Auld Lang Syne, my friends, is in old Scottish dialect which means "Old Long Ago". The first line of the song says it all ...

"Should Auld (old) acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?"

The answer is: Nay. but of course, with a little exception. The bitter ones ought to be forgotten, Surely one must not linger with bitter memories. 

For the Japanese on the other hand, celebrating the New Year is a HUGE deal. With such customs and festivities akin to any other cultures i.e. Muslims with its Eids and the Christians with their Christmas. It is called "shogatsu". And the way they say "akemashita omedeto gozaimasu kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegaishimasu" which loosely translated as Happy New Year, may this year be as helpful as the last. 

As for me, this 2013 is the year of aspirations. Continuing, basically the hopes and dreams of yesteryears. While the anxiety remains the same, that feeling of not knowing what lies ahead, the same way many, many New Years have had for me (and everyone am sure); this year marks a little different. 

Baby sis have just got married with her beau of 7 years in the final weeks of December. So that is a relief. All the preparations and excitement for one, final wedding in the Ab Raman's clan have seen its closure. 

In the face of many unknown adversities and visible ones, I stand persevere, determine to stay abreast of all the challenges. This year, am adding another year in delay of my pursuit of dreams; but that shouldnt hold me down in despair. I shall stand strong and face the 'enemy' - MYSELF inevitably, for I am my own nemesis. 

2012, has been over all, many sad months. From Jan to the end. I hope 2013 shines brighter light, the hidayah from Allah SWT most importantly, to help keep my Iman (faith) strong and intact. Undeterred by little bumps and hiccups in life. 

O Allah, give 2013 a year that is better than the last. InsyaALLAH. For YOU are the ALL Knowing. I leave it all to YOU. Amin Ya Rabb.

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