In preparation for the end of the year, I decided to pull together a list of things I’d like to write about in the last month. This year, December has five Mondays, the last one coincidentally the very last day of the calendar. So I will spend these last Mondays writing about the years: last year, this year, and next.
Today’s topic is “in other words”, where I sum up my year and prepare for next year, using music, videos, pictures, lists, and other people’s words.
A song to describe your year. I found this song while looking for something to motivate me through the new semesters, and it meant a little more than I expected. Because no matter how many times I screw up and get lost, the really important people seem to welcome me back with open arms.
A song to drive you through next year. Florence + the Machine will lend me their words.
A quote to sum up your year. I made a shortlist of quotes that meant something to me at some point this year, and then I cut them down again to something I could wrap around the whole twelve months. I ended up with the following:
“It had never occurred to me that our lives, which had been so closely interwoven, could unravel with such speed. If I’d known, maybe I’d have kept tighter hold of them.”
— Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
I have so many regrets, this year and beyond. There were so many chances that offered me a way out, so many things I could have done to be happy and good, but I let them all slip.
A quote to drive you through next year.
“I am driven by two main philosophies: know more about the world than I knew yesterday, and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson
A video that meant something to you this year. This was the year that I discovered people can do wonderful things to other people, just by trying to make their words the best they can be. This was also the year I fell in love with Sarah Kay and spoken word poetry.
A video that carries a message for you for next year. Unusual presentation, but the message is there.
Items I crossed off my bucket-list this year:
- Become an org officer
- Ace a Philosophy paper
- Become a World Vision sponsor
Items I can or want to cross off my bucket-list next year:
- Get into dean’s list
- Ace a Philosophy oral exam
- Get published
- Complete a Writing Project 365
- Learn to cook
Three important things you learned this year.
- I learned that there is something to the word “important” that we constantly overlook.
- I learned that people are not their stories, but you need to know their stories to know them.
- I learned that the beautiful and the real can rarely ever coincide.
Three questions you want answered next year.
- What do I fight for? / What is important to me?
- What do I want to do after graduation? (Yuck)
- Are you coming back?