It All Comes Down To This … Happy New Year


Happy New year everyone.

I don’t fully understand the concept and the excitement over the start of a new year. Ever since I was a kid I enjoyed a full moon. It was always about the full moon which is at its the last stages . Never was I called out to check the birth of a new moon; it was just not as fascinating, “oh look, there is a crescent forming in the sky”. Really? A crescent?

Happy-New-Year1Even in a solar eclipse, where the sun entirely disappears, the climax is during the complete black out. It’s towards the end of the existence of the sun. A few seconds of complete darkness. After that when it’s re-emerging back, it is not as fun anymore.

When people reach the end of their life that is exactly what they call it; The end of their journey. They never say, I will start a new life in Heaven / hell or I will be reincarnated in 10 days.

It is sad in a way that we contemplate on everything and we label them based on their expiry date. But why can’t we do the same with the celebration of the new year? Why can’t we celebrate the end of the existing one instead?

If I had a great year so far, I would like to be warned just like they do in malls, “dear shoppers, we will be closing in 30 minutes”. Maybe not along the same lines, but something like: “Hey, you’ve had a wonderful year so far, but you still have 10-15 days before your luck runs out. Do something about it. Buy a lottery ticket, or do something crazy.”

And if you’ve had a not so great year, you will hear something like: “Hey I know you’ve had a shitty year, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, don’t despair”.

The current year as it stands, is something I am very well experienced with. The one to come is still unknown. I may not be too eager to see the year over yet, but I can only wish this upon everyone: “for those who had a good year, I hope it extends indefinitely. And to those who have experienced sorrow and misery or even consider themselves unlucky, I can only wish them a happier life with more ups than downs.”

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Just like in the movies, it isn’t over until you see the words “the end”.

You know what they also say, “ it’s not the end of the world”.

So Happy End of this Year to all 🙂

Raghid Khalil 

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Top 10 Reasons We Loved 2011!


2010 was a new beginning… preparations, marriage and festive occasions…

2011 was the year of vacations… Here are the top 10 reasons we loved 2011:

1- Starting off with the 2010-2011 new year vacation. We went to Philadelphia, had fun in Atlantic City, and spent our new year at Buddha Bar in Washington, DC.

Art Museum - Philly

Atlantic City

Washington, DC

2- In March 2011, I visited my family in Dearborn, MI. We also went on a road trip to Chicago, IL where we spent a few days enjoying what the city got to offer.

Chicago. IL

Chicago. IL

3- In April 2011, my husband and I celebrated our first year anniversary in Punta Cana, the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic.

Punta Cana

Punta Cana

Punta Cana

4- In July 2011, we planned a New York Trip with our friends. We first went to Philadelphia then took the bus and spent a few days in New York city. We went to Broadway and saw “The Addams Family” and got Brook Shields autograph.

NYC

Brook Shields

Broadway

5- In August 2011, my mother came to visit during the month of Ramadan. Her vacation was a breath of fresh air for us. We enjoyed her company.

Rochester, MN

6- In December 2011, we planned a Florida trip to visit my husbands uncle and enjoy what Florida got to offer. We went to St. Augustine,  the oldest city and port in the US. We then headed to Orlando and experienced the magical Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

St. Augustine, FL

Magic Kingdom

7- Aside from vacations, 2011 gave us the opportunity to bond and get to know each other more and more.

 

8- Along with bonding, in 2011 we maintained our health. We tried to eat right and exercise.

9- In 2011 bonding and health were also accompanied by intellectual stimuli. We took care of our mental wellness. We inaugurated www.cognitivedimension.wordpress.com to keep the ideas flowing and discussions happening.

10- In addition to the vacations, bonding, physical and mental health we got each other. And that is the greatest reason to love 2011.

— Rasha Nasser Khalil

2012 – Resolutions and Decisions


New Year’s Day is just around the corner. With it comes new resolutions and decisions. What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Let the comments begin… we might learn a bit about ourselves and each other.

Have a Happy New Year everyone!