Reflecting on 2014

We’re just now half way through December and I’ve already seen an increasing number of resolutions posts cropping up on all sorts of social media. This post isn’t about resolutions, not in the sense of things I’ve resolved for the future. That may be a future post. This post is more looking back than looking forward.

For me 2014 has been a year full of firsts. Those are my favorite. I love doing things that I have never done before. It gives me a sense of accomplishment, regardless how small or insignificant they are. This was the first year I’ve driven in a snow storm. It was the first time I’ve been a bride’s maid. It was the first time I lived entirely on my own.

In 2014 I graduated from college. This was something I always looked forward to as a sort of milestone or achievement. It was that, and more. It was bittersweet and final. I love that I have my BA, and sometimes I even love that it’s in philosophy. But I miss taking classes daily for most of the year. I miss the adventures and escapades of being a college student. Most of all I miss the opportunities which are only available to the undergraduate. But this stint at college had to come to an end, and in many ways I’m glad that it did. My degree enabled me to get a professional job, which will in turn open many doors for me in the future. No, my job isn’t related to my area of study (at least not the way education is designed these days), but it’s a stepping stone. I am glad that by a small degree (pun so intended!I’ve been allowed into the professional world, and I’m excited for the future when I will one day be able to go back to school and continue my education.

In 2014 I gave my sister away to her now-husband. That also was bittersweet. I have so much gratitude and joy for her having found the man that she wants to spend the rest of her life with, and who wants to spend his with her. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t often miss the freedom we jointly reveled in before the event of her current union. I miss that she will not be my travel companion and partner in crime like we planned as kids. I am grateful however for the many years we had together at home and at school and the many adventures we’ve had the pleasure of sharing.

In 2014 I bought my first car. It’s falling apart and costing me a lot of money and stress, but I love the thing to death. I named him Knick Knack Paddy Wagon. Don’t ask, just let it suffice to say that this is the most appropriate possible name for my favorite bucket of bolts. As much as I look forward to the security of a fully functioning car, I do not relish the day when I must retire my battleship.

In 2014 I started this blog. It started out as a whim, and maybe it still is that, but now it’s my most productive outlet for thoughts, ideas, and ambitions. I hope that in the coming years I manage to keep it up and allow it to grow duly.

A lot of other things happened in 2014; bigger things and smaller things. I’ve made a couple of excellent friends this year. I’ve lost a couple of excellent friends this year. I’ve lost sight of some priorities this year, and I’ve found true marvels which I’d like to pursue. I was sick for a solid three months with no respite. I started self publishing a short work that I never thought I’d share.

2014 may have had low points, but now that it’s almost over I’m pleased to see how much growing I’ve done, how much planning I’ve started, and how close my goals for 2015 may be. I hope to be able to go into the new year filled with hope, ambition, and a whole lot of energy! Here’s to 2014.

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