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Auld Lang Syne

December 31, 2009 Family, Fear, Friends, Fun No Comments

New Year’s Eve, a time for reflection and hope. While I’m a big fan of the idea that “hope isn’t a strategy,” this is a good time to look ahead with hope at the opportunities that await us. But I’ve skipped right over the reflection part, haven’t I?

For me, 2009 will be hard to beat.  Hmmm…as I think of it now, 2008 was hard to beat (getting off crutches, running again, getting married)… But back to 2009. I ended the year with a feeling of complete satisfaction, the way you feel after a good meal — satiated, but not over-stuffed. As I really think about the year in its smaller parts, it wasn’t all roses. I spent 9 months of the year being pretty much miserable because of my job and having to “break up” with a very good friend. In January, my job became a black hole to me and I struggled with some of the feelings I had in high school and college as I figured out what and who were “real” in my life. But alas! None of these things were at the forefront of my mind as I looked back at 2009 as a whole. Over the last three months (since I left my job), I have been able to put that negativity aside and focus on the positive things from the year:

  • Instead of throwing away too many hours at a job where I was unfulfilled, I chose to merely “put in my time” and focus my efforts elsewhere — largely my training schedule.
  • I chose to not lie to myself or my boss and opted to assume the risk of being Unemployed In This Economy.
  • I completed two triathlons, one adventure race, and one half marathon. I was probably in the best shape of my life at age 34.
  • I spent a lot of quality time with my family, making two trips back to the Midwest during the summer and spending a week with them at Christmas.
  • I am happily married and I have wonderful friends who know the meaning of the word.

There were a lot of scary things throughout the year and I’m grateful to have not been paralyzed by them — fear of failure, fear of being hurt, fear of being poor, fear of looking fear in the face. I’m already looking forward to a new year of challenges, triumphs, and probably even a few defeats. Bring it on!

Here are a few photo highlights from the year:

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