At the end of that post I wrote:
I'm not the kind of person to make resolutions or set goals for a coming year. Because I know that, merely by living my life, I'm going to experience new things and grow in ways I can't anticipate.And I was right. From the jungles of Belize to the skyscrapers of New York to the historic houses in New Orleans' French Quarter, I did a lot in 2012:
I know 2012 will be no different.
- rang in the New Year in little roadside open-air village bar in Belize, where a dozen American tourists blew noisemakers with local Belizean villagers.
- hiked through the Belizean jungle and had a picnic in a cave.
- took the plunge to start planning my relocation to Chicago. Dusted off my resume, went on the job hunt for the first time in 10 years. Applied to a dozen positions, got three phone interviews.
- started out the year in a huge tennis slump, lost 9 of my first 10 matches.
- read appx. 45 books, blogged about 12 of them.
- bought my first new tennis racket in four years. Then won the Silver League
twice (once in spring, once in the fall).(Oops, I don't know why I had it in my head that I won it twice. I only finished 1st once. I got 2nd place in the spring, 3rd place in the summer, then I won it in the fall. Which is much better than 8th (last) place I got in the Gold.)
- visited New York, stayed in Manhattan, saw the new World Trade Center under construction, deepened my obsession with skyscrapers.
- attended my first Seder, and later got my my first Hanukkah present.
- went to my first prom (thanks to my teacher/chaperone girlfriend.)
- took my girlfriend to Bloomington, IN. Watched Breaking Away in our room.
- attended a surprise party for my mom's 70th birthday. Introduced my girlfriend to my large extended family.
- visited Pittsburgh for the first time. Met many new people in my girlfriend's family.
- spent a weekend with family in Madison, IN. Almost(!) beat my big brother in our annual tennis match. I'll get him next year!
- said goodbye to my mom's husband, who'd been a part of my family for 10 years.
- attended a funeral and wedding in the same week. Visited Raleigh and the research triangle.
- got engaged!
- took part in Obama's re-election.
- discovered, and became obsessed with, the Game of Thrones series of books.
- started planning a wedding.
- quintupled the most wins I'd ever had in the Gold League, finishing with my first winning record (5-2.) Thanks to a bizarre series of upsets and coincidences, finished in first place!
- visited Cleveland for the first time.
- broke a string on a tennis racket for the first time ever. (This happens to other players all the time, but in six years of playing I'd never done it.)
- visited New Orleans, got to know the French Quarter, and watched the fleur de lis drop on New Year's Eve. (Post about this coming soon.)
It felt like I was on quite a winning streak by the end of the year: I won the Silver League, got engaged, Obama won the election, and then I won the Gold League.
Would it be greedy to expect as much success in 2013? There will certainly be a lot of scary and exciting changes, as I quit my job, move to Chicago, get married, find a new job (?), and completely upend my life.