Just over a year ago, I started writing this blog. There was no particular purpose or reason for it; or any real goal I was trying to achieve but my initial target was to come up with a post to publish at least once every month. I didn’t exactly hit that target but I also did better than I expected.

Going back and reading those posts now, I’m glad that I did because these posts seem to directly and indirectly remind me of what was going on in my life at the time they were written and also help me analyze and understand the evolution of my own thought processes. As such, I feel that writing this blog was and continues to be a great idea.

This month is sort of the anniversary of this experiment and today is the 22nd anniversary of my existence. Looking back, it’s been quite a ride. In the last year, I’ve graduated from the university, spent time in 4 different countries on 3 different continents, ‘lost’ my dad (still hate that term) and, in exactly a week, will be starting my first post-graduation job as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. So once again, I move to a new country in the pursuit of… something.

In this journey that we call life, we walk numerous winding and interconnected paths. I strongly believe that our travelling companions on these various segments of this journey are what make the adventure worthwhile. Over the last 5 years, I have had the privilege of making the Canadian leg of this journey with some of the most amazing companions one could ever ask for.

I mentioned in my last blog post that your choice of friends can essentially make or break your university career. I am extremely pleased and grateful to know that, at least in this department, I made excellent choices and was blessed to cross paths with these people who have made my time in Canada the most amazing 5 years of my life. It seems as though this is a huge “wash” but it is actually impossible to overstate the impact you all have had in my life.

From the time we spent having heated arguments about the most mundane of topics to the countless hours of FIFA and discussions about the future, you have all, in your own ways pushed me towards success in all my endeavours and challenged me to continue to push the envelope on what I could achieve. Also, moving away from all that serious stuff, we’ve had an exceedingly amazing time. All the food and the partying and the road trips and the time those-of-you-who-shall-not-be-named-but-know-yourselves got a stripper to assault me…. It’s been a hell of a ride.

As we part ways now, I really have no intention of saying goodbye because I know I’m still gonna be seeing and talking to you all a whole lot so all I have to say is this: I love you all.

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