Thursday, December 31, 2009

My year in review

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!


  1. I'm always amazed when I think about how much I've changed, too.

    I know what you mean about Mexico... not that I've ever been there myself, but everytime I visit Egypt and see the poverty there it really puts things into perspective! I find it hard to be negative about anything in my life.

    Anyways, happy New Year! I hope 2010 is an even better year for you :D

  2. It sounds like you had a very eye opening year. Having read your chronicled life in Mexico and blog beforehand, it sounds like you learned a lot about yourself through it all. And I'm glad you felt your life was put into perspective.

    Here's to a great 2010!