Chapter 19: The highs and lows of 2012

So here I am, another year in the books, maybe wiser…? we’ll see about that one. As I look back on 2012 I can’t help to notice how much of a roller coaster ride it really was. One that lasted far too long for my taste, and I’m a thrill seeking enthusiast. It was filled with great moments, great people, and of course.. bad moments where you think the world itself, might actually end.

Everyone has to go through the good, the bad, and the ugly moments in life but when you come out of the dark, desolate tunnel you realize that these are the moments that change you the most, and make you a better person by having went through it. I can certainly say that in 2012 I had to deal with my fair share of troubles, be it small or large but looking back on them now, I can say that they have definitely made me a better person overall.

My year was filled with everything that you can imagine really, the hope and promise of my last semester of Community College, the exhilaration and unparalleled excitement of being accepted to the University of Maryland, along with sadness and the realization of having to leave most of my friends behind. My summer was chock-full of relaxing at the pool in-between doing my job as a lifeguard… And what made it awesome was I worked with some of my good friends so not a lot of work actually got done. I got paid to tan and swim along with playing far too much temple run. It was also filled with the typical summer “relationship” which I didn’t mind in the slightest way. So it’s safe to say that my summer was one of the high points in the year. I wouldn’t go back to change it for anything.

The fall was definitely filled with mixed emotions and had more ups and downs than a grapefruit sized hailstone. Between the excitement of being in a new place (UMD), living on my own-for the most part, and attending all the wondrous sporting events there were some not so fantastic moments as well. Dealing with the stress of the “real college” experience, balancing school work with recreation activities, and personal issues of starting to figure out who I am and what I am. Lets not forget the trip I took to the ER for falling off my bike either-not one of my greatest moments to say the least. I would say that the latter half dominated the end of my fall semester and a little into my winter break. But I have undeniably become a better person because of what I dealt with.

My New Years resolution for 2013? worry less about things that are out of my control, learn to accept things for what they are and above all, enjoy my life. Because after all that’s all that really matters in life anyway. I’m fortunate for all the people that I had the pleasure of meeting, and interacting with over the past year. I plan on keeping in contact with people who make my life better and make it worth living. I’m fortunate for all the things that I have dealt with, encountered, and experienced no matter how bad they were. I believe that most everything we deal with in life has its own purpose even though we may not be able to see it at the time. Just take it at face value for what it is and be glad it happened because you have become a better person in the process. And lastly, I’m wishing you a happy New Year, where ever you are, make it great and have no regrets, be spontaneous, do crazy and outrageous things, live outside of your comfort zone, because after all don’t you want crazy stories to tell your children or grandchildren? I know I do. Have a great 2013!