After finding out about failing, I was stricken by a bad cold. I prefer to think that I did not react in true Afghan melodramatic fashion and fall ill upon hearing bad news.
I spent the first day (Monday) of my cold with a fever and body aches and still trying to study. I gave up. I worked on some of my volunteer work and slept.
The second day (Tuesday) I did exam-related work (travel arrangements, notarize the application & etc) and napped.
Today is Wednesday, and the coughing phase has begun. I’ve worked on my volunteer projects; debated using Vicks Vapor Rub (I did & it’s stinky); and am trying to drink orange juice, water with lime juice, and tea with honey and lime juice. Seriously, it’s all on my coffee table and waiting for me to get to chugging.
In light of my weakened state, I’m doing a meme.*
*I already started the meme before I realized that it’s more of an end of the year ‘meme’ but since we’re almost to the middle of 2007 and the end of the school year, I'm putting it up anyway. I've also realized that memes are incredibly self-indulgent and kinda boring.
1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
I went to India.
2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes, I did and yes I will.
I do not cuss like a sailor. I still cuss but not as badly.
I’m not afraid of everything. It helps not being in Afghanistan but I’m not afraid of the dark though I still avoid scary movies.
I’m working on being present. I think that will take time.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! This year has been so blessed. I can’t describe the happiness of seeing these little ones. It’s almost as if I’ve known them my entire life yet they are still joyful mysteries.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
India as a visit. I meant to stay in Kabul longer but that’s been put off.
6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
A steady job. Serenity. Being done done done with school.
7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory?
I’m bad with dates. Plenty of memories though.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I made the decision to come back from Afg. for my health & studies. It was a grown-up decision that took prayer and reflection. I’m proud of it since my ego wanted to stay.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Eh, check the last two posts. But I think (if I handle this well) that I will be able to consider my reaction to this failure as an achievement (Inshallah).
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Ugh, yeah. I’m still recovering from my thryoid issues. I’m so happy that I’m feeling better (shukur) but getting back up to what I consider healthy is a difficult process.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I dunno. One of my many purchases at Target?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My brother, who is turning out to be a good man (Mashallah and knock wood).
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The Wolesi Jirga. Taliban. Former Mujahideen who have forgotten our hopes for them and have used the situation for their own gain.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills & Travel
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing my family and friends. They always make me so happy.
16. What song/album will always remind you of 2007?
Hmm, a list of songs:
- Song #8: Ehsan Aman’s Echoes of the Past
- Thank you lord: Bob Marley
- Welcome to Jamrock: Damian Marley
- Aashiqam ba royath: Nashenas
- Guftam ke naro: Ahmad Zahir
- Africa Democratie: Ismael Lo
- Push the Button: Sugababes
- Get out the Map: Indigo Girls
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? happier
thinner or fatter? fatter but healthier
richer or poorer? about the same in money
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I was happier with each stage of my year.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinate (I understand that I'm procrastinating now. Be quiet).
21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
22. Did you fall in love in 2007?
Yes and no.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
"What not to wear" The U.S. and the British versions
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No. I try not to hate anyone. Though I am often irritated.
26. What was the best book(s) you read?
A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear by Atiq Rahimi – if you don’t read it, you’ll be sad
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
28. What did you want and get?
Better health & more serenity, shukur.
29. What did you want and not get?
30. What were your favorite films of this year?
Motherland Afghanistan and Postcards from Tora Bora.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I celebrated it with my friends and family in Kabul. I turned 29.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Passing the bar!
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
It's more of a question than a concept: How can I wear culturally acceptable clothing in Afg and not look frumpy?
34. What kept you sane?
Family, journaling, reading and listening to music.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Nobody I can think of offhand.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
More efficient aid to Afghanistan. Sovereignty issues.
37. Who did you miss?
My family & friends when I was in Kabul. My family & friends when I was in the U.S.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Lots of people: Frida – though only through the internet; H & his wife; My co-workers: J, L, R & the rest of the crew.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Chill out and be thankful for the love that accompanies you through life.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
Not a song but here’s my favorite poem:
Speech to the Young: Speech to the Progress-Toward
Say to them,
say to the down-keepers,
"even if you are not ready for day
it cannot always be night."
You will be right.
For that is the hard home-run.
Live not for battles won.
Live not for the-end-of-the-song.
Live in the along.