Today is the end of 2012. I have to say I’m actually very happy to see this year end. Work was busier and more problematic than I thought it could be and I spent far too much time away from those I love. I lost family, friends, and coworkers who departed this world for the next as well as those with whom I simply parted ways. But for all the sorrow, worry, and pain interlaced throughout 2012, there were also many occasions for joy, happiness, amusement, deep-seated friendship, and learning. This is probably the first New Year’s Eve where I actually feel older. So very, very, very much older.
2013 will provide many new opportunities, and certainly a new outlook on many things. The most pressing concern, of course, is the upcoming move this spring. I finally have come to the end of my time on The Island and will be driving all the way across the country so I can accept a new position on the east coast. It’s not really a big deal, since I’ve lived there before, but it is something that I am both excited for and nervous about. I haven’t exactly been told the details of my new position and there are a couple different ways that could go. I could wind up travelling even more than I already do or I could wind up bored out of my mind filling out paperwork all day. One never really knows.
As with most other people contemplating the fresh start a new year presents, I’ve got a few things in mind that I would like to work towards. I suppose I ought to dig up my previous goals and see how I did overall for 2012 and then maybe use that as a starting point for my goals for 2013. Except for the minor point that I appear to have not publicly announced my goals for 2012. I guess I’m not surprised by that, given how engrossed I was with work at this time last year. So here are a few things that I would like to accomplish in 2013.
1. Write 500 words a day
2. Finish the first draft for Away
3. Finish the TLR project
4. Read a book a week
5. Earn my Master Diver certification
6. Take at least one class towards my Architectural Technology degree
7. Exercise for 30 minutes a day
8. Participate in a monthly writer’s group
9. Find and reclaim the AMP
10. Build a Lego model of the cabin
All of these goals are quantifiable and realistic. All of these goals also encompass the various hobbies and entertainment factions in my life and I think they are pretty solid goals.
Today is the last day of 2012. It’s been a rough and mostly unpleasant year. It will be a new year soon, marking the opportunity for new beginnings and fresh starts. Thank you for being there for me through this past year of total unpleasantness. I hope 2013 is a fantastic year for you, filled with hope, joy, family, love, and friendship.