As is customary every year, I began to outline the general panorama of the past year in the early hours of the new year. It was a year full of moments and, with a few exceptions, always made me smile—2011. Just like every year, if I’m not going to describe this year in one word, that word will definitely be change.
Having reached the age of 30, which I have been waiting for since my early youth, and after a year filled with severe destruction in 2009, I began rebuilding everything in 2010. 2011 turned out to be the year when I started reaping the fruits of this new life whose foundations I had just begun to lay. Change happened at such a rapid pace in every aspect of my life that now, looking back, I see that I left behind a completely different person.
The change, which started with my environment and family, continued at a dizzying pace in my professional life. The most significant change in 2011 was my intense reentry into internet-focused work, which I had temporarily stepped back from to take a break. First, I gradually returned to active duty, and then this process, almost three times as intense, turned into a crazy roadmap with new partnerships and investments. It seems that my workaholism is still untreated.
After bidding farewell to the woman at the center of my life, the new turning point I entered inevitably brought about changes both in my family and my social circle. After the cleansing of the thieves in my life, the concepts of friendship and camaraderie became clearer, and I spent calm and peaceful times with a “less is more” circle, far from the shadow of the donkey. The value of these unique moments is priceless for me. In the new year, I hope to increase these moments and nourish the tranquility within me more, and in this way, I lovingly remember them once again.
In addition to the brief summaries above, many small and large changes, from my appearance to my lifestyle, from my worldview to my decision principles, have turned almost everything into a completely different state. As I approach the end of the first half of my life these days, I feel more than ready for the second half. I won’t write all the details here and bore you further. Those who are curious can follow the clues and traces of details in the 2011 archive.
Although 2012 seems to be a year of new openings and risks, the most important experience I gained from life is how ineffective your plans are compared to the hand of fate. Therefore, my only hope for the new year is that the lessons and experiences I gained in the first half of my life will guide me on my path in the second half. Let’s end with the unique observation of John Lennon:
Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.John Lenon