The end of 2013 is drawing ever closer. I have always found New Year’s Eve to be a mildly depressing evening, such depression brought on by much over analysis and regret of the opportunities missed in the year just gone.
Truth be told though, when I think about this year it can only be described as having been a very good year. Sure there has been some negative moments; indeed, there has been some negative weeks. However, when everything that has happened this year is taken together the positive moments have far outweighed the negative.
2013 has been a year in which (this list is far from exhaustive but is illustrative):
- I had the best day of my life (which due to an agreement made long ago I am unable to speak further of).
- I set myself a lofty goal and I did my absolute best to try and reach that goal (Operation100.com).
- I learned to accept my mental illness for what it is and, even better, I wrote about it.
- I got to spent time with family and friends who love and support me.
- I was able to support family and friends going through difficult times.
- I met some wonderful people: both in person and in the petri dish of egos and opinion that is twitter.
- I wrote more about topics that I enjoy like cricket and rugby as well as topics I am passionate about like mens health and customer service.
- Australia’s cricket team won back the Ashes and Australia’s rugby team regained some pride on its summer tour.
- I picked the winner of the Caulfied Cup and the Derby during the Cups carnival and ended up well in front for the year on the punt in general.
I chose not to recount the negative moments in this post: to do so would be to give said moments another opportunity to take over my brain and effect my thinking in a negative way. I know what they were though and, as I mentioned in the preamble to this post they have been far outweighed by the positive moments, some of which I have recounted above.
Having done a trial balance of the positive and negatives of the year that was and coming out with a view that it has been a very good year, there is not much else to do really other than to look forward to 2014 as another year of opportunity and promise. If I looked at it in any other way then the year would necessarily get off on a bad foot wouldn’t it?
Finally, a note of thanks: thank you for reading my blog this year. I have loved writing it. I know my tastes are eclectic and some of the things I write about are not to everyone’s liking at times so, if I have offended, I apologise along with thank you for continuing to read despite said offence.
I hope you all have a happy and safe New Years Eve and look forward to connecting with you further in 2014.
“Petrie dish of egos and opinions that is twitter”…….. Gold!!!!!
Glad you had a good year, mine wasn’t so good, but already excited about the possibilities and plans for 2014
That is excellent to hear! Bring on 2014 I say!
Happy New Year, Stephen. It has been a pleasure to have met you. I hope you have a wonderful 2014 and have most of what you wish for (because you always need something to look forward to).
Thank you Dylan and the same to you too. I have enjoyed our discussions around cricket and more generally. Bring on 2014!