Wednesday, January 1, 2014

“All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.”

^Samuel Butler
This is the obligatory New Year post.

Let me start the post with a disclaimer that I am very sleep deprived at this particular moment because I was up until 4:30 this morning having a learly-norning (late-night/early-morning) deep conversation with a friend--as one does at the New Year, obviously. So I apologize in advance for anything weird. Like Learly-Norning.

I don't know, I kind of like that one.

Anyway, the obligatory New Year post must contain the obligatory look back on the past year. Still being a student, time for me is segmented into semesters. I have a really hard time imagining a year as an uninterrupted series of 12 months, so thinking back on 2013 requires a bit of a stretch on the mind. When I think first of 2013, I think, "Wow, this year couldn't have ended fast enough." This most recent semester was extremely difficult, both personally and academically.

But then I remember that the Fall semester wasn't the whole year (boy, did it feel like it), and I remember that it wasn't even close to being all bad.

I lived in London for a month and a half, for one thing. I took a few really cool classes. I made a documentary. I wrote a screenplay. I won free movie tickets. I found out that I can graduate a semester early.

I learned a lot about a lot of things: about science and language and history and television, but also about myself and about other people. 2013 was a year of self-assessment.

That said, I still can't say I'm too sorry to see 2013 go. Exciting things are coming in 2014, some that I'm expecting, and hopefully some that I'm not. And there are some things I discovered during my 2013 self-assessment that now I can take the next year (and beyond) to work on.

This time next year, I'll be done with school. I'll be an aunt. Maybe if I'm lucky I'll have a job in my sights. Everything will be different, which is both hugely exciting and unbelievably terrifying. So I guess for me, 2014 is kind of the last year of my life as I know it. How strange.

Thanks for a good year, world. Here's to the next one.

Happy New Year,
~ Snooty Crumb