I probably say this every year, but it's been one hell of an eventful year. So many things have happened, with really high highs and really low lows -- I guess you could say it's been a rollercoaster of a year.
Most importantly, I suppose, 2010's my last year of school. It's funny to think that with the passing of this year, I've already left school; in my head, I see it as a trailing end of a ribbon that I'm not meant to and don't want to try and catch. My schooling days are over, and I am glad.
You see, I've come full circle: In Form One, I wanted to get out of Samad awfully badly, but as the years wore on, I couldn't imagine leaving; in the last few months, I literally couldn't wait to leave, and now I am happy to be gone. Samad has moulded me in so many ways (probably more ways than I realise) and allowed me to meet so many wonderful people and learn lessons that I'm likely to keep with me for a long time. Now, though, I feel that it has nothing left for me; it's time to move on and bid Samad adieu, which I do rather happily.
5 Adil 2010...
...but this is more like it.
My birthday this year was a rather exceptional affair, with my friends going all-out, it seemed. I still feel so touched, thinking back about it -- they went through a lot for me that day, hiding in order not to get busted by this teacher or that. They did as I requested too: start up a collection to be donated to PAWS. It was a lovely, lovely day.
I have to mention Road Run. I don't normally go for Road Run, but seeing as how it was my last chance ever, I grew a pair (metaphorically speaking) and took it. It was a lot more fun than I expected, and I'm so glad I did! There's nothing like being flopped on a bunch of chairs at the soundmasters' booth with friends who are just as sweaty, smelly, and tired as you, yelling out song requests because you can. School events always bring this sense of togetherness, which is lovely. It took me five whole years to see Mr. Kumaresan's point about the importance of koko.
And then, of course, there was the BRATs workshop in Penang. If you've ever thought of applying for it, GO, I cannot stress this enough. If you keep an open mind, it will open your eyes to so much and change the way you see things. You'll meet great people and get to know the columnists and editors of R.AGE a little better (I promise they're nice people...more or less, hee hee). I had an awesome time and I'm sure you will too!
A milestone in my life: I got my P license...without bribing. This hasn't actually made that much of an impact in my life seeing as how I'm not the best driver around and have not a car of my own, but it's nice to know I have it anyway. The furthest I've driven is probably to Ikano, which is hardly very far; to think some friends were all excited for road trips and the like. I'm not allowed to drive alone, anyway.
Scrabble-wise, the year had its ups and downs for me. By some miracle (I can hear Martin's chiding in my head already), I got tenth place in the CIMB Junior Circuit Selangor Interschool Scrabble Competition. Elated, I trained super-hard for the CIMB Junior Circuit 2010 National Interschool Championship, only to bomb unbelievably badly. I was really crushed, since it was the only tourney I'd worked hard to prepare for and probably my last tourney ever. However, with much-needed support from some amazing people, I picked myself up again and entered the Subang Scrabble Challenge, which I got third place in. Wow. Roller coaster for sure.
This year, I've been on a bit of a winning streak. There was Scrabble, third place in the Sunway University College Creative Blogging Competition, a pair of Tokio Hotel tix that I didn't get to use (curse my lousy immune system), and an EMAs pullover that I won for tweeting the best moment of the EMAs.
And, of course, there was, you know,
A typical teenager's desk during trials.
As an after-SPM treat, my mom took me to Hong Kong! It's truly a shopper's paradise, and the Christmas decorations were beautiful.
On the downside of this year, we've lost three members of our external family, and someone dear to me was diagnosed with a terminal illness. It's these things that get your feet back on the ground again when you've floated off and make you really think about your life, your friends, your family, and God. It sobers you up, it helps you appreciate things more. I'm not saying that all this was welcome -- I'm just trying to make the best of it. Of course, there were many other depressing events that involved lots of tears and bad stuff like that, but as the new year is coming, let's not dwell on those.
Next year, I start college. It's scary and exciting at the same time, since I don't know anyone else who's going. It'll be a fresh start for me, and I hope I make the best of it. Also, I turn eighteen next year, which makes me officially legal! Like my P license, this probably won't have a very big impact on my life -- whether my parents believe it or not, I am on a pretty darn short leash. But, again, it'll be nice to know that I can legally do something, whether or not I have the permission to.
I'm looking forward to next year, really. Not because of its newness, but so that this one will be over. 2010 was a crazy year, and I'm hoping 2011 brings some stability into our lives.
(From Leadership Freak.)
Happy almost new year, everyone!