I’m not too big on the tradition holiday card format. Maybe my life isn’t exciting enough. So, I’m going to try something a little bit different. Despite its crap, 2016 was a year of some growth for me. I’m going to try and distill what I learned into a few bullet points.
I think this is going to be my holiday card for the year. However, since I have so many (self-inflicted) content obligations, i’m going to have to recycle a few of them. I’m totally ok with that. While the typical rehash of the year works for so many people, it’s a little weird for me. Maybe it’s because I like to write, or that I don’t do enough exciting things. I like a lot of self-reflection.
- Boring is good. This is the first year in quite a while where I haven’t moved residences or changed jobs. It’s the first year I’ve felt settled somewhere. I have a good job that I enjoy. I have a home that I make mortgage payments on. I’m glad I can rest those parts of my brain and not worry about them. I know that 15-year old me would question my sanity, but a sense of normalcy and routine is extremely underrated. Why didn’t the adults in my life tell me about this before?
- Healthy is good. I’m on the cusp of finishing one of my 2015 new year’s goals: running 500 miles over the course of the year. I’ve run a lot for exercise, but I’ve rarely tracked it or tried to improve my times. I did a couple of 5ks and a 10k. It felt good to train and achieve those goals. I’ve also been doing yoga and going for a lot of walks. I really value my ability to be active.
- It’s good to find the thing you love. I’ve always wondered when I’m going to get “my thing.” That hobby or activity that I can turn to. I realized that I’ve had those things for a long time: writing and running. I know that I’m not Shakespeare or Prefontaine, but I try hard at both of those things and get immense personal satisfaction from both of them. It was liberating to put a lot of myself into both of those things.
- Rethinking social media is a good thing. I gave up on social media at different times throughout the year. That was one of the better ideas I had. There’s too much toxicity on it. I haven’t quit it entirely though, but I’ve been more mindful on digging the nuggets of joy from it.
- Music is fun. For some reason, I went to more concerts this year than any other time in my life. Live music is so much fun. The two best concerts I saw were Wilco, which I went to by myself, and Weezer, which I saw with my brother. It’s good to just put your phone away for a while and enjoy an experience that is outside of your normal day-to-day experiences.