This was a weird, wonderful, year. One thing that I keep hearing is how awful this year was. It was for a lot of people and I know some folks who are close to me who had some challenging things happen to them this year.
Let me get this out of the way: The election and its outcome made the year awful. For a lot of reasons. I’m going to leave it at that.
With all of the bad that happened, as I reflect on my year I am discovering that just the opposite happened for me personally. Here is how.
Here is a list of the places I went to this year:
- Ketchikan, Alaska
- Skagway, Alaska
- Juneau, Alaska
- Seattle, WA
- Victoria, Canada
- Montreal, Canada
- Toronto, Canada
- Niagara Falls
- Buffalo, NY
- Rochester, NY
- Wilmington, NC
I did something that I never thought I would do (because of an irrational fear of the open ocean after watching the movie Titanic) and I took a cruise from Seattle up to the inside passage of Alaska. I stood next to glaciers. I saw bald eagles. I hiked in the woods of Ketchikan. I went up the White Pass via train and took in probably the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen in my life. I went to the top of the Space Needle, defying my fear of heights. I got my first tattoo in Seattle, defying an aversion to needles. I ate in the China town of Montreal. I went to Niagra Falls. I ate at the restaurant where they made the first buffalo wings. I visited my Aunt and Uncle in Wilmington, North Carolina for the first time in almost 15 years. I saw Beyonce in Pittsburgh and I saw Sir Paul McCartney in Philly. I figure I should see some of our legends before they are gone.
I did things and I did them for me.
I made my health a goal this year and despite some ups and downs with that I am chalking that up as a win. In particular, I made my mental health a priority. Due to that prioritization I can confidently say that somewhere along the way this year: I found my footing again. What’s funny is that I didn’t even realize it.
Professionally, I took on more responsibility in a new community. I moved into a new apartment in that building. It was a chance to start some things fresh. I noticed that other events that have happened this year are also pointing to an opportunity to start some things fresh. I am confident that if I keep on, I will make 2017 the best year yet. After all, 2016 was a pretty good one.
Happy New Year!