And I thought 2008 was a good year.
I think it's only natural that as I get older, I continue to learn things about the Real World and myself and grow and mature and evolve. But every time New Year's rolls around, I look back at all the ways I've changed personally and it still always amazes me.
I finished my first year of college without losing my mind. I hadn't really thought about this, but college is such an all-encompassing and life-changing experience. Especially with all the problems I had with my roommate (or, more like, all the pieces I had to help her pick up of her own life) and it certainly opened my eyes a bit.
And Mexico opened them even more. Going to Mexico was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had amazing experiences, met awesome people, and learned much more than a classroom could ever teach, as ridiculously stupid and cheesy as that sounds. Life is so different there; not necessarily the lives of the middle class, but the staggering poverty that is not prevalent anywhere in the U.S. is so shocking and humbling. I am so grateful for that opportunity, as well as every other opportunity life has presented me. Which, given the situation I was born into, is quite a few.
Wow, that got a bit sappy. Now I'm off to go party. Later!