Well, here we are. The end of another year. Time seems to fly by faster every year – when I was little, just the last few days before Christmas seemed to last ages. Now I wonder where 2013 went.
I thought it would be fun to look at what I’ve done this past year, so I’ll start with my New Year’s resolutions.
My first resolution was to run a 5K. Man, I hated that. I got a stitch in my side many times, wanted to give up, and probably whined a lot. But I did it. In June I ran in a race and my time was thirty-eight minutes, which means I did a mile in twelve minutes. My family is much faster than that, but I don’t care. That race was more than I could do before and that’s all that matters to me.
My second resolution was to stop biting my fingernails. I thought I’d have trouble with this but surprisingly it was the easiest to accomplish. A year ago, I just – stopped. Whenever I caught myself biting my nails (I didn’t always realize I was doing it) I’d find something else to distract my hands, like doodling.
My third resolution was to read at least one book by Stephen King. Until a few days ago I wasn’t sure that I would meet this goal, but then I finally finished Misery. If I’d known how much I would like the book, I’d have read it a long time ago! I might read more King novels in 2014 – Carrie and The Long Walk sound good.
I haven’t achieved all my resolutions in a few years, so I’m pleased that I did this time around. I think I’ve learned which goals are realistic and which aren’t. But enough of that. What else did I do in 2013?
I took four college classes – one in spring, one over the summer, and two this fall. I improved my speaking skills in Spanish, wrote my first really long research papers, actually somewhat understood chemistry, and had my first bad teacher. Very educational in many ways.
I bought a new computer. Maybe that’s not technically an accomplishment, but I’m happy about it anyway because I don’t have to worry about running out of memory like I did with Adele, my old computer.
I enjoyed all my 4-H projects, even winning awards for some of them.
I joined more fandoms – primarily A Song of Ice and Fire, Doctor Who, and Torchwood. I learned that quoting Strax really irritates my brother, which is why I do that so often. Do not attempt to escape or you will be obliterated!
I participated in (and won!) NaNoWriMo for the third time.
I got my driver’s license. My dad also tried teaching me to drive his old Volkswagon with a manual transmission, but that was a mega-fail. I have no idea how people even traveled a few decades ago because the engine died every time I shifted gears.
I remained short. Why am I even listing this here? I guess it’s still a dream of mine, being tall and able to reach things on high shelves without jumping for them.
I made very slow progress on the A B See Photo Challenge, posting ten letters in total. But that’s ten times what I did last year!
This was my tenth and last year playing softball.
I traveled to Washington, D.C. for a 4-H event and it was one of the best weeks of my life. I made some great friends, saw fireworks over the Mall on the Fourth of July, and visited a lot of museums. I wish I could live it over again, so I’m applying for a similar trip next summer.
There’s one other thing and I’m very proud of it. I came out. Sometimes that still surprises me. I sit and think, “…I did it. I actually did it. Wow.” It was something I’d considered doing since I was twelve, so I’m glad it finally happened.
That was six months ago and there are still plenty of people whom I haven’t told – some of my ‘friends’ are going to be idiots about it and I decided I want a few more months of normalcy before I tell them – but I feel so much better now. I used to be a lot sadder and more paranoid and that was horrible. Things are different now.
Well, that nearly sums up my year. There’s just one more thing I want to show you – my 2013 year in blogging report from WordPress. Enjoy! Whether you’re in the top five commenters or not, all my readers are appreciated.
What memorable things did you do in 2013? And are you doing anything special for New Year’s Eve?