… If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris Bueller
Did you realize we are a short 2.5 days away from Twenty Fifteen?
The Earth has traveled nearly an entire orbit around the sun since we last sipped champagne, sang Auld Lang Syne (which I don’t think anyone actually sings,) and resolved to do shit to which we most likely did not adhere.
363 days have happened.
Last year I wrote this post about my previous New Year’s Eve’s and my plans for ringing in 2014.
I’m happy to report that I did succeed in my New Years Resolution of running quarterly 5Ks. I ran 5 actually. I ran a Color Vibe, 2 Bacon Races, a Muttsquerade, and a “Cousin’s 5k” where Max and I created our own 5K benefiting Alzheimer’s Association because there weren’t any charitable 5Ks happening while he was here. I also achieved a secondary goal of running a 5K in fewer than 30 minutes, which I finally achieved during our Cousin’s 5K.
This year, I’ll be ringing in the new year with friends at a house party again. Different house. Some different friends. Some the same. The idea is the same though: celebrate the year that has passed and look forward to the year ahead.
Here are some things that happened during 2014 that I may have missed by not looking around…
I online dated for the first time in five years.
I vowed to never online date again for at least another five years… if ever.
I fine-tuned my negotiation skills on my lease and my cable/internet services.
I taught my dog the meaning of Passover with a two-person seder which I made from scratch.
I celebrated my 1-year at my job and got more job responsibilities.
I became friends with some of the most important people in my life, to date.
I turned 29.
I went to two of my best friends’ weddings. And cried at both.
I explored some new cities: Jacksonville, Atlanta, Naples, Orlando…
I went to Homecoming at Purdue (and stepped foot on campus for the first time in 8 years.)
I said goodbye to someone I love, and not because they died, but because I knew I couldn’t have them in my life anymore.
I sought some assistance getting through the hard parts.
I spent (never enough) time with my family.
I fostered a cat and found her a forever home. And I cried.
Gizmo became a therapy dog and got a job at a nearby healthcare facility for the elderly.
I had a few visitors and I’ve visited a few people.
I smiled a lot.
I laughed a lot.
I cried a little.
I grew a lot.
So what did you forget to look around and see that you did in 2014? What are you looking forward to in 2015? AND WHAT IS YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION – and can I steal it for myself?