This Last Goodbye…

It has been a tumultuous year both personally and professionally. More so, with all that has happened in the country.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the crews and passengers of flights MH370, MH 17 and Air Asia QZ8501. Many people have been touched by these tragedies, including my own, and there are no words that can describe the grief in our hearts for those that we have lost.

We are also praying for the 100,000-plus souls who will have to rebuild their homes in the wake of the floods in the East Coast.

The one heartening thing I will say is this – in the face of tragedy, I see Malaysians united. Oh yes, of course, there were painful, shameful and some downright ridiculous incidents (coconuts, bamboo fishtraps and magic carpets come to mind) but overall, it is strangely comforting to see Malaysians come together.

If only we didn’t need grief and tragedy to unite us in our solidarity, in reminding us that we are all Malaysians…

On a more personal note, as I mentioned earlier, it has been a tumultuous year. Ups and downs, changes in career, changes in life direction. My thanks to all who have stood with me, and by me and who have walked along with me. Where the road takes me, I cannot tell but we’re here, so let’s just keep on walking.

As we bid farewell to 2014, it is my hope that the new year brings us more adventures, more joyous experiences and more new friendships.

Many places I have been
Many sorrows I have seen
But I don’t regret
Nor will I forget
All who took that road with me

To these memories I will hold
With your blessing I will go
To turn at last to paths that lead home

And though where the road then takes me,
I cannot tell
We came all this way
But now comes the day
To bid you farewell

Happy New Year to all. See you all in 2015.

p/s: Yes, yes, it’s a little maudlin, but it is the closing of the year and we’re all allowed to be a little introspective and reflective and self indulgent.

 

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