2009 was, in a lot of ways, a redo. I did everything better from caring about others to taking care of myself. I redefined my living standards. Compared to this time last year, I’m happier, thinner, and richer. I feel more like myself.
The year was also full of new stuff. New furniture, tamagotchis, the frosty-cino, yoga, music to obsess over, the Britney concert, bingo, Sonic, jury duty – some things obviously more enjoyable than others. One night in particular stands out in my mind: My Guy taught me some card games, Poker among them, and we played outside at night, under our large umbrella, with flowers and candlelight.
I had not made New Year’s resolutions, but did pick some up halfway through the year. I intend to continue cracking at those goals.
I did not suffer any great illness or injury. No one close to me gave birth or died. I was a fan of a few celebrities who kicked the bucket. It’s an odd feeling, when a star dies – I don’t feel their death as I would if we had been close. Still, it’s crazy to think that even the stars, the legends, no matter how great or small, will eventually be gone forever.
My biggest achievement had to do with my finances. For one thing, I got a raise. Then I studied my budget and cut out the things I didn’t need. With the extra cash, I took a more aggressive approach to bill paying and I’m now at a place where I can send out a bill the same day it arrives without any worry as to whether or not I have the funds to cover it. I’m actually saving.
I got really excited about the holidays. Everyone around me bitches and complains about how the government creates these occasions when we should buy stuff or feel a certain way, but I think they miss the point that you can take a day – every day – and give it significance. So what if the theme is hearts, mistletoe or shamrocks? That’s just decoration.
The terrible pop (wannabe hip-hop) song “I Got A Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas will always remind me of 2009. I hate any song that is appropriate for a Shrek or Space Jam soundtrack.
I certainly didn’t read, very much. You could consider that a failure. I read the Chuck book about the porn industry; that was about it. I blame video games.
Tonight is New Year’s Eve! I don’t know whether to be stupid and party or be sensible and devise a plan for conquering 2010. My biggest battles are with myself – over how I can act in order to have the MOST FUN RIGHT NOW and how I’m going to feel the next day when I wake up wanting to be productive.
Good luck to everyone in 2010 – hope to see you here.