There are four days left until the end of 2017 and I am hiding out in my apartment. I cannot handle any more surprises, any more shocking news, any new beginnings or endings. I went out today to get shawarma with my cousin and I am back at my counter, eating garlic potatoes and drinking wine. In my sweatpants. They smell like winter, because I wore them skating through the woods with a boy who came to visit me for Christmas. Which, again, was a shock to me.
What can I say? I am a great host.
I have a bunch of blogs posts about my trips in the last two months of 2017, but things kept happening that changed the tone of the articles. So I held off. Waited until things settled.
So, instead of writing my year in review, since I haven’t really posted what happened, I decided to just take stock of the past 12 months and figured out if there was anything I learned. From 2017 comes 10 lessons.
10 things. Here they are:
- Always wear mascara when going out. You never know what will happen.
- See more mountains. Spend more time outside. Go hiking. Drive around a peninsula. Send your brother to the dungeon. The outdoors is where you belong. You need that breath of fresh air.
- If a boy tells you that he doesn’t see anything romantic with you on your first date, DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT KISS HIM.
- In the same breath, actions speak louder than words.
- If a job doesn’t feel right on the first day, it probably won’t get better. Do not feel guilty about looking for something else. Fit is important. It’s necessary. And a good manager won’t make you feel shitty about it. I felt horrible this fall when I had to quit a job I had just started but it wasn’t for me and I felt it in every fibre of my being. So I looked for something else. And I found it. I am much happier now. My colleagues are awesome. I feel challenged. And there are some interesting opportunities ahead that I am looking forward too. Plus, it’s a closer commute for me. So bonus!
- No matter how experienced of a traveller you are, double-check the airport you are flying out of. And don’t freak out. There are worse places in the world to be stuck in. Paris is a great city. Especially around Christmas time.
- Don’t let text messages bring you down.
- After a break-up, get new sheets. Preferably flannel.
- Always be specific about the gifts you want.
- Be open. Say yes. Take chances. Sometimes it will suck. You might end up crying a lot this year. And you might panic. You might call your friends in moments of weaknesses and question all your life choices. But 2017 has been a crazy, chaotic year and hopefully, it means something even better and bigger will happen.
As a bonus, take lots of photos. Please.
The year of 2018 might be full of surprises. I hope they are softer on my heart.
And as customary, I have made a list of birthday goals. Helicopter ride, marathon, finish the book I have been writing for years, blog posting every week and finally getting allergy testing. I really want to learn Spanish and do 10 pull-ups by the end of the year. I’ve done a lot of planning already to make sure I can actually accomplish all of these things. So here’s hoping. For a better, more fruitful, wonderful, less chaotic year. A lot of heart-healing. For a lot of adventures.