2013 was a witness to many historic moments.
The young and courageous Malala re-defined education and freedom for the world, reminding us that learning is in fact a privilege, and one that we at times take for granted.
The people of Egypt, who, after ousting Mubarak in the second revolution in two years, reminded us that the path to democracy is long and perhaps bloody, but most definitely worthwhile.
And my personal favourite, the nuclear deal struck between Iran and Western powers that fueled hope in the hearts of Iranians both inside and outside of Iran. It was an indication that the road towards diplomacy had finally begun, and that their efforts did not go unnoticed.
2013 was also a witness to tragic and heartbreaking moments.
More than 8 million Syrians have been displaced since the fighting began in 2011, and about 2.2. million have fled as refugees to neighbouring countries.
The world also lost one of the greatest and most iconic leaders produced in the history of mankind. Nelson Mandela and the legacy he left behind will be remembered for many years to come.
This time last year, as we inched closer to 2013, I was hoping that I get the chance to pursue my masters in the UK. This past year has been a reminder to me that dreams do come true and that we have much to be grateful for.
On a side note, I’d like more than anything to forget that Argo won the Academy Award for Best Picture, or that Juventus failed to advance to the Champions League after losing to Galatasaray with four minutes left to play. I’m trying to put this behind me as I welcome 2014.
I’m looking forward to many things in the new year: traveling, finishing my masters, re-uniting with my family and friends in Toronto, beginning my career, and of course, the FIFA World Cup.
As 2013 comes to a close, I want to wish everyone a wonderful year filled with peace, prosperity, health, wealth and success.
Here’s to a year with less violence and more love. May you always be surrounded with those closest to you.