At the very end of each year, I like to write out a list of what I accomplished within the span of the past year, and so here is my review of 2009, the end of the Noughties.
– I rang in the New Year in Kauai, Hawaii and spent New Years Day surfing… it was a damn fine way to kick things off
– Spent an incredible six months nurturing ABC Adventures, the love child of Brian and I
– I gave up on the job hunt and spent my last semester of school not working, which was an enjoyable change of pace
– In March, I spent a few days of my Spring Break in New York with Jen, Fran and Sean, which was fantastic as none of us had ever been to NY before (one off the bucket list)
– In May, I turned 21, and succeeded in celebrating this fact in a seriously excessive manner
– Also, in May, I graduated from ASU, completing my B.S. in Electrical Engineering, in addition to graduating from the Barrett Honors College
– In June, I went to California with my family where we went to Sea World and Legoland
– On July 5th, I had a goodbye shindig so that I could wish my friends a fond farewell before leaving for Europe for a year. The night was beautiful from its start to its finish, and included a cameo from Napoleon
-On July 7th, I headed to the airport, where I had to leave two beautiful girls standing with tears running down their faces as I headed off for an adventure, the magnitude of which I still could not fully grasp
– I saw Madness, The Pogues, The Blockheads, and Jerry Dammers and the Spatial AKA Reggae Ensemble perform at Madstock
-I visited the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
- Vatican City
-This means that in 2009, I stood foot in twenty-two different countries, eighteen of which I had never visited before
– I went paragliding in Interlaken
– I went to Oktoberfest in Munich
– I saw Royal De Luxe perform in Berlin
– I saw Ska-P perform in Barcelona
– I saw the Specials perform TWICE!!!
– I saw Pauline Black perform
– I started working with a very dear friend on several projects that I am enjoying immensely and excited to see develop
… all of this, among countless other incredible things
As I write this, I am traveling by train to Edinburgh to ring in the New Year there and celebrate Hogmanay. At this point last year, I couldn’t have told you where I would be today, but I could have told you with great confidence that I would be happy, which I am.
2009 has been, undoubtedly, the best year of my life so far. I hope that I am able to say the same thing about 2010. I know that the next year will bring many more good things my way. I don’t have a ticket booked home yet, but I estimate that in mid-June, I will return to the States, having seen a great deal more of Europe. I plan on traveling within the States for a few weeks before finally returning home to AZ, which is definitely still home.
This year has been everything I could have hoped for and more. I’ve achieved a great deal, and have seen friendships flourish as well as met a great deal of new and spectacular people. I feel endlessly blessed for all that I’ve been able to experience, and for all of the people who are a part of my days. I feel as though I have grown up a great deal, while simultaneously regressing (I grew back down!) as well. I cannot predict where exactly I will find myself at this point next year, but I can say that I’m sure I’ll be happy with where my life has taken me. I don’t know what the future will bring, but I know that I will embrace it with open arms and spend every day seeking, learning, loving, and being as best as I know how. I’m totally unsure of what I want out of the future, as far as a job, and growing up is concerned. All I know with any certainty is that I want to be happy. There are those who will tell me (and have told me) that I’m being stupid or that I need to sort out a real job… an engineering job, but at the moment, I don’t know what is right for me, or what will keep me happy and challenged. I will figure it out in due time, but no matter what happens, this is my life and no one else’s, which means that I am the maker of my own destiny and I will make my own decisions about what is wrong or right for me.
I know that not all of the questions are answered, but I also know that that’s OK. We aren’t meant to know exactly what tomorrow will bring, or the next week or year. I can say that now, at this very moment in time, I am happy and I feel content with where I am, and where I’m headed.
2009, it’s been a good year and a beautiful end to a spectacular decade. I have high hopes and big plans for the future.