2010 was an odd year with a wide array of highs and lows. Mostly for my own record-keeping purposes, here is a loist of things that happened (in no particular order):
- Finished my undergraduate honors thesis, a fifty-something page tome on anarchist terrorism in the U.S. and Europe between 1894-1901. This was one of the coolest and most difficult things I have undertaken.
- Graduated college. In three years, no less!
- Moved back home. Living with my parents after college often feels frustrating and infantilizing, but it’s honestly not all that bad. I just complain about it a lot.
- Started taking my love of creative writing seriously. It doesn’t have to be a secret love forever.
- Continued the best relationship ever. I am still so madly in love.
- Helped my dad through a bone marrow transplant. This still isn’t over yet and he has a lot more recovering to do, but he is coming home from the rehab center TODAY. What a good way to end 2010.
- Reconnected with my younger brother. He is the coolest 16-year-old ever, and hanging out with him is my favorite part of living at home.
- Spent the first half of the year living with my best friends. Owl Babies, I miss you!
- Had fun with photography. Learned to develop film, and generally had an awesome time.
- Applied to eight law schools.
- And on a related note, tried to figure out what to do with my life. Have not yet been successful with this one.
Like a lot of folks, I think making resolutions every December is not an effective means for self-improvement. Instead, here are my goals for 2011:
- Focus on my writing. Writing fiction and poetry is the most difficult and wonderful thing I do. Time to make it serious.
- Work as a freelance writer.
- Take good care of myself. I’ll be spending a lot of time taking care of my dad, so one of my goals is to remember myself in the process.
- Travel more! With a bit of luck (and money), Istanbul is in my future.
- Decide on a grad school trajectory and go for it. Law school apps are done, but I’m not sure if that’s the path I want.
2010 was a pretty good year, but in honesty it will not be missed. On to the next one!