In general, last year was a good one. A lot did not happen but the few things that happened were pretty significant. For instance, I finally traveled for the United States for vacation -- during which I had the pleasure of reuniting with some of my oldest and best friends. While in the United States, I also met my niece and nephews for the first time. The trip was so significant that I consider it to be one of the highlights of my life so far.
Another example of an exciting thing I did in 2014 was set up a home aquarium. What many people do not know is that I am an aquarium hobbyist -- which partly explains why the Georgia Aquarium was one of the places I visited during my trip to the United Stated last summer.
In 2014, I successfully set up a home aquarium in my living room -- without prior experience. I successfully cycled my 100-liter hexagon tank, and stocked with a variety of aquatic plants and tropical fish, including cherry barbs, honey gouramis, pristella tetras, corydoras and a bristlenose pleco. One year on, the little "ecosystem" I created in my living room is balanced, and I still enjoy the hobby -- despite the strict weekly maintenance regimen required for successful fishkeeping in a home aquarium. The only "downside" of my new hobby is that it took a toll on my blogging, evidenced by the fact that I made thirty blog entries in 2014 as opposed to fifty three in 2013.
My wish is to write more in 2015 and engage and connect my readers. I will find a way to balance my hobbies so that one does not suffer as a result of the other.
Personally, 2014 was a good year, and I am thankful to God and all the great people around me for that. But the year was certainly not good for everyone. My thoughts are with all those who were affected in one way or the other by the horrors of the year, including terrorism, air travel disasters, armed conflicts and the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. I appreciate all the health workers who instead of running away from the virus they took the fight to it and helped save lives. I also appreciate rescue workers and security forces who risk their lives in response to disasters and security threats.
I wish my family, friends, blog readers and all global citizens a happy, safe, peaceful and prosperous new year 2015. May all of us endeavor to make the world a better place this year for all who live in it through acts of kindness, tolerance and consideration for others.