I remember thinking when I turned 25, that I’d be 30 in no time! I dreaded turning 30 since I was 25! Turning 30 has been made into this really big deal and while some us of might think it’s not, there are whole lot out there who think otherwise. I have to admit, I have been a part of that lot till about a month ago. For most it’s the general social checklist i.e. the job, car, house, marriage, kids etc and if you’ve got the ticks in. Me thinks, the whole lot is usually people who are not 30 yet (or those pesky aunts/relatives trying to get you hitched)!
A month after turning 20, I had moved to Mumbai because of a job. I’m still a part of that company and would be completing a decade working there! At the end of the recruitment season in college I had two offers in hand, one was Hewlett-Packard and other was JP Morgan. HP had been coming to our college for years and we knew our seniors were working there; we would have someone to go to if we ever needed advice. JP Morgan on the other hand was a company none of the students had heard of. Whoever chose it would be the first batch, I chose the latter because it would be an adventure. At the time I thought why not discover something new?
I’ve grown and learnt so much about life in the last 10 years! Made loads of friends, built relationships, grown up, grown apart and even lost a few friends. The first five years of the last decade were spent mostly at work, not just because I was a workaholic but because it was work + at office. I made some of the best friends during this time of life and I’m to say I still have almost all of them. I honestly did not realise the first 4 years pass and office was the first home away from home. It was after these dear friends changed jobs and moved away that brought the differentiation of personal and professional time.
I do have a few regrets (wouldn’t be life without it right?) like not having enough time with my family and not being around while my little brother grew up from being 3.5 ft to almost 6ft tall. Taking some things too seriously when I should have chilled out and relaxed and other times being silly instead of having known better. Wait, they’re not all regrets, some of them, most of them have been lessons and I’m still glad it all happened. If someone now asks me ‘Would you do it all over again?’ I’d say ‘No!’ Because its one life, you learn and move ahead. Why would anyone do the same thing twice unless it was like the Ground Hog Day movie? :P
Today I am thinking of all the people I have met over the last decade and thanking those that have made a difference. I also thank my parents for the values I hold and take responsibility for any shortcomings I have. Parent’s support is one of the most important thing in a child’s life and I feel truly been blessed for the constant support my parents provide me.
Looking back at the decade I feel extremely proud of what I have achieved. I think its living alone and managing everything myself that has taught me the most. Although I have friends who I could call on in tough times I have weathered some storms alone and that has only made me stronger. It’s like knowing you have a net but still making that successful tight rope walk without having a wire attached. Life is going to throw some punches but as long as you keep getting up its going to be okay.
So much of life has happened in a decade and I can’t wait to see what else is in the future store!