If you had told me what type of person I would be by the end of 2017, I would have laughed. But here I am. I've completed my first semester at UT, I've survived living in a dorm for 4-5 months, and I started wearing a dastar (turban). These may not be big accomplishments for you, but for me, they were. But anyways, I wanted to end 2017 with thanking people. I'm not going to name names since some people might feel left out or feel salty.
First off, I would like to thank my sangat in DFW who helped me when I was first transitioning into Sikhi. Whether it was supplying me with Gutkas, teaching me basic Sikh concepts, or just making me feel apart of the Sikh community, thank you. The second thank you goes to my online sangat (I'm pointing at you Discord sangat). Ya'll have answered all the deep questions I have about Sikhi while also connecting me to Sangat across the globe. Even though you'll are trolls, you'll are the best trolls in the world. Sometimes, you'll feel like the Sikh brothers/sisters I never had. Most of my deep knowledge of Sikhi comes from ya'll. So hats off to you. Oh, and I can't forget the Sikh community on Twitter. Ya'll keep me laughing every time I check my Twitter feed and you'll have supplied me with valuable resources and advice. And for that I thank you :) The third thank you goes to my sangat in Austin. What can I say? You all have taken me into your homes, feed me, clothed me, taught me the importance of simran, blessed me with your kirtan, and been there when I was down and out. I couldn't have asked for a better Sangat, and at this point, you all are more like family to me. I pray that during these next 4 years (probably less since I'm graduating early), I can become a more useful part of the community.
To my non-Sikh amigos (I see ya'll), thank you. Whether I know you from Grace Prep (which I honestly would be surprised if you're reading this), Crowley, or UT, thank you. I couldn't have made it through the year without ya'll. Especially these last few months. Whether it was making me laugh, or giving me advice, or just checking on me every now and then, it meant a lot to me. You are all so diverse, which makes me love you'll even more individually. I hope that the friendships I made this year continue to develop in to 2018. If not, I pray that you all have a great 2018.
I can not wait to see what happens this year. This year, I want to become an even better Sikh, get even more involved in entrepreneurship, and expand my network in Austin. But I will be honest. These next few months, I will need your emotional support. You see, before I leave back for Austin, I will be coming out to my family as Sikh. This is not easy if you knew what kind of environment I grew up in (evangelical Christian). They will get over it eventually but these next few months I'm probably going to be emotionally vulnerable. So please, I am asking for all the love and comfort I can get these next two-three months. I will also be focusing more on my studies this semester. I know I did not work as hard as I could have this semester so that is about to change.
Ok, I'm tired of typing. Let's welcome this new year with a smile on our faces and our new years resolutions (like we ever follow through with those) ready to go. As always, please forgive any grammar mistakes I make. VJKK VJKF! 2018, give me everything you got!
P.S. I update my conversion story every now and then. If you are on your phone, you can't see it. If you are on your laptop, the link to the word doc is to the side. Give it a look if you're interested
Update (7/21/2018): I have gained alot of new Sangat here in Texas since this post. Also, Sikh twitter has turned into....I don't even want to say. Discord is "eh" rn and Facebook is in (atleast for me). Can't really say much else about this post.