Welcome to 2012! According to the Mayans (or, more accurately, the New Age fanatics), we have less than a year to live! But the rest of us reasonable people know that the world has much more happiness and heartache, mirth and misery, feast and famine in store. The universe is here for the long haul, and humans will likely be here for a while longer too. So enjoy life while it is here!—and be sure that others do as well.
New Year’s has always been a time of reflection for me, as it is for many. I prefer to find a quiet place to sit and ponder, rather than the raucous, drunken celebration of a changing calendar and a ball dropping. For me, Christmas is a time to celebrate, but New Year’s is a time to reflect on what has been and what is to come. Such reflection should really happen continually, for every day is a step forward. After all, January 1st merely marks an arbitrary point in the circumnavigation of the Earth around the Sun. We are always moving, always being propelled forward into the future. Without an understanding of the past and a clear vision of the future, we are condemned to stumble blindly about, never finding solid footing. The Earth may always smoothly travel in its orbit, but we have no such guarantee. And so, as the old year leaves and the new year makes its entrance, I prefer to keep the company of my thoughts, with a mind to my own actions and the development of my character.Continue Reading
Another year has come and gone. Where did all the time go? It seems like 2010 has flown by. But of course, as everyone always seems to do on New Year’s Eve, I’d like to take some time to reflect on the past year.
I guess that for me, 2010 was all about decision-making. I had to make some big decisions, the most important one being about grad school. Do I want to go to grad school? Should I go as soon as I graduate? Where should I apply? These were all questions that I had to answer this year, and I’ve now gone through that entire process. I’ve filled out the applications, done the GREs, sent out transcripts, got letters of reference. And now I wait. 2011 will be the year that I find out what happens.Continue Reading
It’s hard to believe that yet another year has gone by. So much has happened in even my short lifespan of 17 years that it’s hard to believe life has anything else to throw at us humans. With nature forming hurricanes and tsunamis and people basically just destroying themselves with terrorist and anti-terrorist attacks, it’s going to be pretty interesting to see what another year has to offer us.
My New Year’s resolution this year is to break my resolution. This is pretty much impossible to do, because to keep your resolution you must break it, but if you break it you haven’t kept it. It’s pretty confusing if you think about it long enough, but I’m going to try my best and keep this resolution…er, break it.
Perhaps a better resolution (a serious one) would be to figure out where I’m going in life. I have no direction as to a career or university course right now, so I probably should figure that out. I’m seriously considering working for a year to just get a handle on where I am. I need more time to find out what I’m interested in, and if I can make a few bucks while doing that, so much the better. My parents invested in an RESP (Registered Education Savings Program? I think that’s it) when I was born and have put away a few dollars ever since. I’m really not sure how much is in there, but it’ll at least take the edge…Continue Reading
Here I am, sitting in front of the computer on New Year’s Eve, deathly sick. Well okay, maybe not deathly, but it definitely feels that way. I think I must have picked up a cold or the flu or something up at Ottawa. While I was up there, I kept on sneezing, probably because of the dust in the house, but that meant that my nose would get stuffed up at night, so I would sleep and breathe through my mouth. That would give me a sore throat, and that would make me cough. So I figured the coughing would stop once my throat felt better. But apparently that’s not the case.
Last night I worked from 5-10:15, and it was the longest shift ever. I felt like crap the entire time, with a headache, sore throat, and a nasty cough that wouldn’t go away. Later on, when I got home, I realized I had a fever as well (it may have started at work, but I don’t really know). Fevers have got to be one of the worst things on the planet. Here I was in my nice, warm house shivering and feeling like I was outside. Once I went to bed, I was curled up under the covers shivering for about half an hour before I actually started warming up. Then I suddenly got really hot and took off the covers. That’s what makes fevers so annoying – one minute you’re freezing, and the next minute you’re boiling…Continue Reading