I’m a big one for “coming full circle”. I love people, experiences and realizations that allow me to realize with a jolt exactly how far I have come. I like thinking back one year to where I was and thinking forward one year to where I might be. In college, Amna and I used to (on special days like birthdays or end of trips) take a piece of paper and write about what was happening in our lives and seal it to be openeed a year or two years later. Needless to say when we did open it, life had always radically altered. This exercise provided us with much needed laughter, much required perspective and always always a sense of “things keep changing”. In some way, I believe it has made me who I am today.
This year on our first anniversary k and I also started a similar tradition. We decided that we will, on the night of our wedding anniversary each year, write a letter to each other about what that year was like for us together. Things learnt, realizations made, something we thought…and without letting the other person read it, we would seal that letter marking it as “Year One” and put it away- all to be opened in 2011 on our fifth year together, inshallah. It’s been a year-one I can’t really sum up. Not in a blog. Not in a lifetime of words.