2014 in the hindsight

2014 has been a great year for me with few exceptions.

I did not have any grand resolutions to start with. I instead chose to intensify the tiny habits method I stumbled upon in 2013. As a self-reminder, I forked some markup on Codecademy and created a three point manifesto for myself. I think I lived it very well.

In the second half of this year I put in a lot of effort towards my next major life changing pursuit. I am hopeful, but regardless of the result, I am proud of my work.

We had a lovely holiday in Queenstown to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary in March.


I shook hands with Matt Mullenweg and had a 15 minute phone conversation with BJ Fogg in June.

Besides these, there are quite a few tiny things: I can now touch type, I am fitter than ever as a result of 110 hours of training, comfortably swing 20 KG kettle bell, last front plank for 2 minutes, side plank for a minute, riding 123 day streak on Elevate, removed Facebook on my phone. I went sugar free in January and September. I also let go of meat and did not tweet in September.

Throughout this year, I utilized my commute to listen back to back  to two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, Mahabharata and Ramayana. I never got a chance so far in my life to listen to these spiritually enlightening epics. I am pleased to learn that the principles taught in these epics – integrity, conduct, giving, gratitude etc.-  are more universal than a religion.

In the ongoing effort to educate myself with tiny habits, I attended Habits workshop and GTD course on Skillshare. I continued to work on improving my writing aptitude.

I also read some interesting books,  pledged little money to fund Zen Habits book on Kickstarter, and became a member of EFF.org.

It is not all hunky dory though. I am deeply disturbed by the plane accidents this year, MH370, MH17 and QZ8501. I still struggle to digest these mishaps. I experienced some personal failures too. An idea I had for another life event did not quite work. I failed to put in the required effort to pursue a six pack abs. I had to drop out of a couple of online courses I hoped to attend. I could not do more than one Toastmasters speech project.

There were a couple of personal near misses. In April, I drowned in the deep end of the swimming pool and was rescued by a life guard. In June, someone crashed into my car’s rear bumper while I was waiting for the traffic lights to turn green. In both these incidents, I was with my little boy. By God’s grace, we escaped unscathed.

Overall this has been my greatest year ever. Hope your 2014 has been largely great as well.

Here’s to 2015.

4 responses to “2014 in the hindsight”

  1. Guess one of your goals for 2015 is to learn swimming 🙂

  2. Unsure if it will be in 2015, but I’d like to learn to swim.

  3. OMG, what a year! The drowning incident sounds awful. Was that at one of Auckland’s public swimming pools? Did you not realise how deep it was? I’m very glad there was a life guard to rescue you.

    1. Thank you for your concern, Rachel.

      My son is learning in a private pool close by our home. I overestimated my height and crossed the red line. The ground beneath my feet disappeared by the time I realized my mistake.

      I later googled that 6 feet (my height) is 20 cm short of 2 meters 🙂

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