Posts Tagged ‘2010’

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Letting go …. of 2010!

January 1, 2011

by Maya

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2011 brings you joy, happiness, health, success and so much more!

Before fully embarking on the adventures that this new year has to offer I too would like to take a closer look back at the past year. For me 2010 was an extraordinary year, extremely remarkable in so many ways. There were several moments that were special; some of them will stay with me forever.

Last January I experienced a truly liberating moment when I passed my final exam to get my second degree. For the past two years I had lived in a fish bowl, studying and working full time. And it was such an overwhelming feeling when all the hard work finally paid off and I came back to life again.

Attending dance classes with my boyfriend is another little gem of my 2010. It took me 6 years to convince him. I love dancing because it is one of the things that make me happy and I always wanted to learn how to dance. There is something indescribably intimate and erotic about a man and a woman who can dance. And it is amazing how much a couple can bond over dancing.

Our annual skiing holidays have been one of my personal highlights for the past 5 years. My boyfriend taught me how to ski 6 years ago. I really had a hard time learning because I am not the sportiest person. But now I can handle the red slopes and I am so incredibly proud of myself. It is one of the most exhilarating feelings: standing on top of the mountain and watching the snow, the sun and blue sky create the most overwhelming scenery. Those moments are really precious to me.


Reconnecting with my friends is another big point on this list. In 2010 I had so many special moments with my closest friends. In the last few years I had somehow neglected my friends and it may only be due to their commitment that these friendships had survived the test of time. In 2010 I finally managed to come out of my selfish bubble and really interact with the people who had been with me for such a long time.

This past summer I had to face another challenge: turning 30. 🙂 Oh, I was so scared of the big evil 30. It sounded so old, it didn’t feel like me. It felt like time was overtaking me. But then it was surprisingly easy. I had the most amazing birthday party with my family, most of my closest friends and colleagues. It was one of the best evenings of my life. Ironically, now at 30 I finally feel great in my own skin. I have never been in a better frame of mind, body and soul. It is like somehow all the pieces fell into place. In 2010 I felt strong, confident and sexy.


And there was also one thing that I finally managed to realize: the importance of letting go. Letting go of the age-old insecurities, of the pressure from without and from within, from what people expect you to be and your perfect image of yourself; letting go of people and of your own expectations towards them; of the past and, most importantly, of the future. Let go and just be. I still have a long way to go, so many things to learn about myself and my place in the world. But now I know that self-development is a lifelong process and I am looking forward to it. And how boring would it be if you were the perfect you at 18? 😉

I would like to close my own private 2010 with a quote by Albert Schweitzer:

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”


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2010 it was…

December 31, 2010

by Charlie

It might be the tranquility of this island and the calming effect of the Baltic Sea, which makes me realize how busy and overwhelming the last year has been for me.  But no matter where you go or what you do:

“On the road of life, it’s not where you go, but who’s by your side that makes the difference.”

This sentence has been accompanying me for quite a while and pretty much describes my last year. It was a tough one with lots of exciting, extraordinary, strange and stressful things that have happened to me and I ‘m sure I wouldn’t have made it this far without the help and support of all the people I met along this way.

There were people who created the most unbelievable memories of my life.

There were people I rather wouldn’t have met. But even they were kind of good in a way. They helped me to discover strength and self-confidence.

There was a happy reunion with an escape into a different world.

And last but not least there were old friends, who stuck with me in good and bad and I could share everything with ;-). Thank you! You know who you are.

So, let’s see who’s gonna cross my way next year. I’m looking forward to it…!

Happy New Year to everyone!