2023 an Amazing Year for Me

For the majority of 2023 I had been feeling like it was a dud of a year.  I missed on all of my “goals” for that year.  That is to say I didn’t get any of them 100% done, so I felt like I failed.  Much of the year just felt like I was waiting for something, but I didn’t know what.  I felt like I was in limbo.  For most of the year my finances were not good.  That put a dark cloud over everything.  So many times I thought “I want to do X but I can’t afford it”.  For these and other reasons I often thought of 2023 as a dud.  

Yet now as I look back it was, such an amazing year.  

Yes at times I was depressed because of the above but much of the time I was too busy doing the things that breath life into my soul to notice.  I did so much climbing, especially outside.  I made new friends and joined some new groups of friends.  I did about 250 hours on the dance floor, dancing at least once every week for hours.  I have grown so much especially in these last few months.  I have learned so many things about myself, and life in general.  Sitting here now I feel so much more whole and complete than I did a year ago.  I feel a lot more confident in knowing who I am.

So where is 2024 taking me?  A lot of what has been going on in the past couple months had been some difficult evaluations of what is really important to me.  For quite a while now that has been whatever is fun at the moment.  I am hoping it is a true statement that I have grown past that.  For sure I still want to have fun, but I am realizing that desire needs to be put on the list of many other things and evaluated for it’s over all value to me and those I love.  So at times fun will have to take a back seat to more important things, but I will still be spreading my glitter everywhere I go.

Looking back at 2023, Thank You

  • First time living downtown in the city
  • First time making my own bread
  • First time making a mug muffin
  • First time leading outside
  • First time building and cleaning anchors outside
  • First backpacking trip
  • Fist time running outside (in a very long time)
  • First time running 15k
  • Fist time dancing till 3am at an after party
  • First time I volunteer for the Pride Festival 
  • First time I had a half dozen clubs all within walking distance
  • First time I really enjoyed drinking beer
  • First time I ate a lemon
  • And a number of personal firsts that will stay private