Today, I sat in quiet moments of reflection. This has been my day for looking back on the year 2013 as it gently moves closer to bidding us farewell. This is my 13th edition of the 31st December ritual – I love 31st December – it’s always the thin-line date between reviewing the outgoing year and building new momentum to power into a new and promising year. Each time I look out of my hotel window at the vast expanse ocean gently caressing my face with its coolness, 2014 looks so promising and exceptionally bright. Maybe it can’t be better than this! Standing at the topmost floor of a 5-Star Hotel looking into a deep blue ocean across and recanting the many troubles and triumphs of 2013 while praying and looking to a more spectacular 2014 ahead!
New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. I had a great start to 2013. Now down the memory lane, the past 12 months has been very exciting and challenging in terms of my experiences and the results!
2013 provided a new equilibrium for me. It was a glorious combination of fulfilment and excitement. 2013 was all I could have hoped for, and more. This time last year, everything was a blur – nothing was clear – December 31st 2012 was indeed a day like no other – confusion and no clear opportunity to set a goal makes it perhaps one of the most unproductive since I started to count but 2013 turn out to be such a great, dream-fulfilling year! It was an absolutely brilliant year, do I say awesome year – the confusion of December 31st 2012 turns out to be a splendid reminder that God is still God and He still perfect human ways….
In the first Quarter of 2013, I was somewhere in the far North….in pursuit of completing my long journey to perfecting my Lawyerly journey. A journey no one had thought possible in December 2012. – When I missed Law School September 2010, I was downcast but it turned out that God just gave me the break to become a better jumokeAwe.
The unusual hot weather of Yola and the limited friends from the South West provided me the needed incentive to pick some Hausa language as ……. Ina hinni, Yoowa, and of course Abishi (Food), Sai an jima (Bye Bye) and some other basic hausa skills.
Sometimes in August this year, I interned at Rickey Tarfa & Co, my stint with this Law Firm, deepen my love for litigation, a stint that brought about the much dreaded internal conflict of WHICH WAY? Law or ………..?
The highlight of 2013 that was pretty much fascinating for me was my Call to the Nigerian Bar. It was a childhood dream comes true! A decent and tidy finish to a long, tedious journey unnecessarily made so tough and long by the many anomalies that populate my Alma Mata! I wish that university can be better ran! , I remained so proud of my new address – JumokeAwe ESQ! (Pronounced ex-choir!)*winks* or addressing me as Barrister JumokeAwe is not out of place either.
Walahi! 2013 year has been pretty eventful, with its many twist and turns, hits and misses, trials and triumphs- I remained grateful for the gift of life.
And to round up 2013, I wanted a Christmas in the Diaspora. I had the option to choose between South Africa and Dubai, I had really wanted to be in solitude, of course have a clear head for a new year- Dubai came handy – a beautiful city that provide me the serenity to think straight.
Its December 31st again! 2013 now lay prostrate and is being wheeled away to the history “ward”! – This 2013 has been totally different. Many dreams came to pass and many remain just that – a dream. There are definitely things I could’ve done differently but at the end of the day, it’s silly to regret something in the past. One of the dreams I am carrying over to 2014 is the determination to outran this guy-friend of mine, seems he ran much faster than expected in 2013 but guy, Hey guy! – I am coming on strong * winks*
So rather than wallow in self-pity, I am rather itching for the start of the New Year these next few hours, I am taking time out to acknowledge and celebrate all the good things that came into my life – literally giving myself a pat on the back and saying “ well done dear’’
I am celebrating an amazing year of accomplishments and re-strategizing to be better off in 2014. I rarely make New year resolutions, mostly because I think we tend to set vague goals that are impossible to achieve- I always sum my resolution to a one liner “” Be better off than the previous year” shikena!
Even as I write about 2013 in retrospect, I look forward to 2014 in full prospect. 2014 is a clear and clean slate, a blank , it’s a blank CHEQUE!……………………………Sai an jima( bye bye) 2013, Sanu de Zuwa (welcome) 2014