Goodbye 2019…Hello 2020!

It’s officially 2020! Wow! One year has already gone? Time flies by so fast. The new year is all about new beginnings, but I can’t seem to let go of 2019. So much has happened during last year, such big events have taken place!

Yes, 2019 was truly unforgettable. It has witnessed one of my greatest triumphs, and one of our family’s greatest losses. This was the year that I had managed to fulfil one of my lifelong dreams…I finally published my very first book, ‘My New Pair Of Eyes’! But with what I gained came loss. Yes, only a few weeks after I published my book, not only did I lose my beloved Mamajee @adamdidam, but we all lost a part of ourselves. It was a year that witnessed our darkest hour, and we were all tested to our limits.

We were all affected deeply. But as difficult a time as it has been, 2019 not only tested us, but shaped us. We went in holding on to the strength we had, but we came out stronger. I believe that 2019 has prepared us for a fresh start in 2020. We’re on our way to personal success – we’ve wiped our slate clean, and we’ll be drawing a road that goes only up.

As for me, as I travel up that road, there is some emotional baggage that I’ve accumulated over the year that I want to be letting go of. There are memories that I want to keep safe but smile instead of cry when I think of them. 2020 is an opportunity that I want to take to achieve greater things, try new things, take risks – and try my best not to start so many things and not finish them!

I have a feeling that 2020 will be a year of surprises, opportunities, and new beginnings not only for me, but for my whole family. I was lost in 2019, but as I step into the new year, I pray that I will find myself, that I will find my strength, and that we all will rise up again.

Happy 2020,

Omar Mukhtar

Happy New Year!

Wow! How time flies! Another year has passed and we’re waving goodbye to 2018 and saying hello to 2019, the New Year!

As I’ve said before, I don’t believe in setting New Year’s Resolutions because we should be setting ourselves new goals every day to try and improve ourselves, not just at the New Year. So instead of sharing ¬†my New Year’s Resolution with all of you, I’d like to take a moment and reflect on 2018 and all the brilliant things in it!

2018 was my last year at primary school, and leaving the school, I also said goodbye to my friends! The last day was quite emotional, and I must admit, I was feeling pretty sad myself. On the last day, all the Year 6’s put on a big performance, as kind of a celebration of our time there. Being in Year 6 was – put simply – SUPER FUN, and 2018 may well have been my best year of primary school, and one I will never forget!

But with the departing old things came the arrival of new, amazing things! Leaving primary school meant that it was time for me to join secondary school – probably the best gift bestowed on me from God! I was blessed to have the chance to attend King Edward’s School! I was over the moon when I found out the news, and so was the rest of the family. Wednesday 5th September 2018 was my very first day at KES, and ever since then, for the past 4 months, it has been an amazing experience! I hope it will continue to be as enjoyable for the rest of my life at KES!

So yes, I would say that 2018 has been a very memorable year indeed, and I thank God for all the blessings he showered me with. I pray that in the New Year, God doesn’t just bless me, but every one of us, and I pray that he lets those less fortunate than us have a prosperous 2019. And remember, always try to be a better person than you were yesterday, and set yourself new goals every day, however little they may be!

Have a PAWSOME 2019!

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.

РBrad Paisley