Time and tide

The march of time is relentless. Just like that, in a blink of the eye, we find ourselves at the end of another year. And while this is traditionally cause for celebration, it is also time for introspection—to assess the past months, revel in the memories of the highs, come to terms with the lows, and await the promise of the coming year.

This has been a year replete with challenges, for me individually, and the country and world on a broader scale. There were tales of hope and accounts of despair—the good, bad and the ugly were unleashed all around us; a year when we saw both the finest in humanity and the basest impulses of people on display. Life is a mixed bag they say; never was this more apparent than in 2017!

It was also a year of learnings aplenty. For me, here’s what stood out: the joy of family; the importance of good health, the satisfaction of work; the strength of spirituality; and the power of self-belief. Indeed, sometimes the most difficult thing in the world is to stand your ground, stay your course and draw strength from your own conviction. It is also the most rewarding.

The silvers who turned up at the Harmony Senior Citizens’ Run at the 10th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon are sure to agree! Braving the chill and the smog—which almost derailed the entire event—they came out in full force at their feisty best, ambling, walking, running, singing, dancing… determined nothing would come in the way of their day.

My special thanks to former Indian boxing coach Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu, no stranger to zeal and determination himself, who lent his stately presence to the event and flagged off the participants. I would also like to express my gratitude to Procam International, who left no stone unturned to ensure a pollutant-free track, and BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd, BSES Rajdhani Yamuna Ltd, Hindustan Unilever’s OOH Division, VLCC Wellness and Call Health Service Pvt Ltd for their support. And, of course, the Harmony team, who ensured that the event was executed impeccably.

We now turn our eyes to the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K on 17 December; our first Senior Citizens’ Run in the City of Joy. It’s a fabulous way to end the year—on the go, charged, energised, ready for 2018. On behalf of the entire team, I wish you and yours the best of the season; see you next year!

By Tina Ambani

Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
December 2017