Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.

2012 was supposed to be a fairly peaceful year compared to 2011. I spent my first half of 2011 hunting for the right job, getting my head around EMI and costs involved in buying a house. My work and personal life were swamped with “the next 20 pending items for this week”. By the time I landed my job in Yahoo! In july, I was tired and confused – tired of the stress of the first half and confused over when my personal life would stabilize.

By the end of Dec, both my work and personal life had settled down quite a bit. Things were going well in Yahoo as I was getting familiar with the new job. I was given responsibility for 3 products over the one I started with.

2012, we believed, was the year of transition to a smoother life. We had our house warming ceremony scheduled in Feb, after which we planned for a 2 month timeframe to get our carpentry work done, followed by shifting to the new house from our current rented house. We decided that we will celebrate this event by going to Europe for a 2 week vacation. There was this silent plan of “settling down” in the new house by planning for a child. 2012 started off with many such aspirations – and for good reason too, for our incomes had stabilized, there was nothing unexpected to happen in the horizon and both of us had similar goals for the next stage of our life. So by End of April, we expected ourselves starting a new stage of our life and living a peaceful one for the rest of the year.  I would have patted myself for planning the whole year, if at all, it had happened as expected.

…and that’s when “Life” happened.

After much preparation, lasting 2 months, for the house-warming ceremony, we had to cancel it on the previous day due to a death in the family. We were shocked and extremely disappointed at the turn of events as all our preparations were deemed useless in a few minutes. This meant that we had to postpone the event, which would postpone the carpentry work and hence finally postponing shifting to the house.

Our landlord had asked to vacate by May, and since our new house wouldn’t be ready by then, we had to start looking for a temporary house to live in, till our new house is ready.

Meanwhile, there were confirmed rumours of Layoffs in Yahoo which stressed us out for a couple of weeks. Life started to look uncertain again.

We have now moved to a temporary house, which took away 1 month of our life. The cost impact due to the cancelled event and the house shift has been considerable.

Yahoo announced it layoffs. While I am not immediately impacted, I am uncertain of how things will pan out in the future.

I am reminded of the famous dialogue from Rocky Balboa,

“ Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”


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