“I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul.” – Charles Dickens
By this quote I’m talking about french fries. okay, fine, I did just finish rereading Tale of Two Cities but I find that quote to justifiably define my love of crispy potato sticks.
It’s both scary and exciting that 2014 is coming to a close in just a few short weeks and to say it was incredible would be too generous and to say it was dull would be unfair. This year was a year of settling back into old routines, rearranging life back to boring school schedules, and having close to nothing to look forward to or to pursue in utter excitement. There was no Disney Dashboard to stalk, no new friends to make, no 12 hour shifts that make you rethink your entire existence, and no physical movement of my career. To say, however, that this year was not incredibly important to my life is incorrect. Sometimes it is the most normal years that make the biggest impact or give us the opportunity to make the best decisions.
There are a lot of mountains I’ve climbed, and a lot of steps I’ve taken this year when I found myself with extra time:
- I restarted my flickr account and constantly add more photos everyday, something I now wish I would’ve done much earlier.
- I started a self-portrait project that, regardless of only lasting 2 months, allowed me to learn more about photography, understand certain aspects of self-portraits, and forced me to be creative on the spot.
- I started this blog this year in hopes of being able to look back and see how much I’ve accomplished and allow others (both friends and strangers) to join me.
- I rejoined Lynda and spent hours watching photography videos where I learned much more than I could’ve imagined.
- I devoured personal finance and web design books in hopes of seeking out new ideas and enjoying the power of money.
- I made my first trip to Disneyland where I ran my 5th half-marathon.
- I managed to live another year free of credit cards, loans, and debt.
- I even created my first portfolio app and had an enormous amount of fun learning all the ways that InDesign can help shape the future of graphics.
To say that this year was a waste would be a mistake. I am 2 semesters away from graduation and taking that one giant step into the real world (which when compared to the university world seems like a breeze) where I’ll shake my head and say “What the heck do I do now?”
sort of. isn’t that the fun of it?
But with my grad date just around the corner in 2015 there are still a lot of things I’d like to know before I put my foot out the door. Resolutions? Nah. Goals? For sure. What those things are I might not be totally aware of yet, we continuously learn and find new interests as we experience new things. All I can say is that there is a great big world out there ready to lend it’s hand and help me out. One of the most important things I’ve learned in 21 years is that confidence will basically take you wherever you want to go. Fear does nothing but keep you from confiding and trusting in the world, acceptance will help you find the success in failures. I have never failed to the extent in which I feared and that says a lot for its power.
So friends, even in times of trouble, let it be. Nothing lasts forever. If it sounds like a good idea it probably is. If it makes you stop to think how it would effect others, you probably shouldn’t do it. If the only thing it makes you worry about is your own appearance or your own reputation, you should probably just go for it. I know, I know, I started this post very deep and then I ended it very deep. Let me lighten it for you.
“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” – Steve Martin