It’s been a good long while since my last post, and I’ve a few good reasons for that, but I’ll save them for another day, another post.
This one is about 2012.
I’ve posted my new year’s resolutions each year for the past few years. It’s become a bit of a tradition, showing what I’d like to achieve during each year rather than what I know I’ll actually achieve. But then I read this blog post on why you shouldn’t be writing new year’s resolutions. Sure, there were some good points about why it’s probably a bad idea, and why it’s mostly useless and generally a waste of time. But it was the summary about this particular blogger’s experiences in 2012 that made me realise something; looking back and writing about my experiences over the previous year is a lot more helpful and useful to me than writing a list of tasks I’d like to achieve but probably won’t and then will promptly forget about.
So, with that said, here’s a look back at my 2012. And here’s to making this a new tradition.
2012 was a year of new experiences for me. It was the first full year I lived in my own place, and also the first year I’ve experienced financial uncertainty. I played the conclusion to my favourite video game series ever (Mass Effect) and laughed and cried more than I have with any other piece of entertainment. I didn’t watch nearly enough movies or read enough books, though I did make up for that with social events and catching up on a semi-regular basis with the people I care about. I didn’t write nearly enough words, fiction or otherwise. I was made redundant from my job for the first time. I finally got to meet one of my heroes, Jennifer Hale, and was inspired by her positivity and love of life. It was the first year I’ve felt truly comfortable telling strangers that I’m gay, and also participating in LGBT events. I met more people in 2012 than I had in the last few years combined. It was the first year since I was a teenager fresh out of school that I got to travel into the city every day. And it was the year I landed one of my dream jobs. That last one is a biggie.
Yeah, I think 2012 was a pretty memorable year for me.
2013 looks like it’s going to be another year of new experiences. I will be starting university for the first time, and will likely find myself with lots of opportunities in my new job. It will be a year of trying to balance work with uni and some semblance of a social life, I’m sure, but I’m willing to jump in with both feet and give it a go. This year is already starting out better for my movie-watching and book-reading habits, having seen two movies at the cinema already and being halfway through a couple of novels. I bought a Fitbit and have been enjoying keeping tabs on my fitness each day in the most nerdy way possible (yay, graphs and numbers!) And I’ve been keeping super busy, that’s for sure, which I consider a good thing. It makes any down time I get all the sweeter.
So, there’s a couple of summaries in my first blog post of the year. If I have one new year’s resolution (and I don’t, because I’m not going to, but if I did) it would be to write more. So we’ll see how that goes.