The other night my friend and I did our usual New Year’s tradition of exchanging resolutions and checking our previous year’s accomplishments. I did pretty good managing to complete 6 of the 10 resolutions I set out for myself. I suppose this is always a time for reflection and possibility, so why shouldn’t I do the same?
I was looking back yesterday and trying to figure out what I had accomplished in the last 365 days. There are some things I managed to do. Many more I did not manage to get to. And even more ideas and plans that were not attempted for one reason or another. Still taking everything into account, I think I had a pretty good year overall.
Work: I got a job at the beginning of the year and managed to not fuck it up or get fired. This employment is guaranteed, assuming I don’t do anything stupid, at least till August. It’s not the job/career I want but it pays the bills and I am kind of good at it. As well, the hours allow for some side work and hobbies. I hope to change paths in the coming year into something I can see myself doing more long term.
Home: My living situation is not ideal for many reasons, but there is a roof over my head and food to eat so I cannot complain too much. I hope to finally move away from where I currently am and not come back for awhile, or at least not unless it is my specific choice too.
Reading: I read 27 books this year. I kept a running list on my phone and that is the number I ended up with. I wanted to read more than that, but it is not a bad record for a year. As well, this does not include the numerous articles (printed and digital), comics, graphic novels, and random short stories that I also read. I guess that is a pretty big haul in the end. Every thing I read was illuminating, entertaining, and educating to some extent. I also really enjoyed every piece.
Writing: I wrote a freaking book! I finally won NaNoWriMo and am planning to edit in January and February. Add the 124 blog posts of various lengths from this site, the 3,000+ tweets, the Facebook posts/rants, and the odd, random articles I wrote on other sites and I managed a decent amount of writing.
Media: I probably spent too much time watching television & movies, playing video games (though not as much as I would have liked), and spending time on social media. However, I did incorporate this somewhat into my writing and I find hours of entertainment and inspiration from the media I engaged with, so not a total loss. I also found so many interesting, creative people through my endless exploration of media that I hope continue to make awesome shit in the coming year.
Health: Lost a bit of weight and managed to keep some of it off. “Ran” two 5k’s which if you know me understand how that was an accomplishment. Actually got into exercise again and enjoyed the strength and flexibility my body adapted to.
Friends: Reconnected with a few old friends and kept in contact with those that I love and consider true amigos.
Self: Learned a lot about myself this year and came to a few more concrete conclusions. Some I will probably discuss in the coming year and some I’ll keep to myself until I am more sure of what I believe.
Looking back at these last twelve months, I have accomplished some things. I am still not where I want to be in life, but for the first time in a long time, I think I have a better idea of how to get there and what I should be doing. It won’t be easy and I know I will most likely have to go through some shit to get where I want to be. However, I look forward to the new year and beyond.
I have a few ideas and projects brewing and a game plan. So, bring it on Universe because I got shit I got to do!
As a final note, thank you to all the people who subscribed, read, like, commented on, spread, or engaged in any way with the writings on this blog. Thank all 150+ you (yes, even the bots) for taking the time out of your day to do so. You will probably never know how much it meant to me and I hope to make it worth your efforts even more in the next year.
See you all on the other side.