If you’re anything like me, as the year winds down you spend the occasional moment looking back over the preceding months and reflect on what’s been going on.
I have a lot to reflect on.
I don’t think I could have predicted that at this point, one year since I upped stakes and left a reasonably secure job that I’d be able to say I’ve completed my Masters in less than a year, AND with a Distinction average (with 1.675 marks to spare!)
I didn’t imagine that I’d have supported myself by my own efforts and some canny contracting and today paid off a credit card (taking my total cards down to one. Phew – getting out of debt in the GFC. Yay me.)
I didn’t imagine for a second that I’d have spent one day a week as a nanny and LOVED it. It felt a little like a necessary evil in those first few weeks when I was terrified I’d end up destitute or when Missy spent that first hour of every day I was there SCREAMING. Happily, it has turned into the highlight of the week for me and will do so long into the New Year. Nannying 2009 culminated in a marriage proposal, and not my first from a member of the younger set. I’m a huge hit with the under sixes – sigh, if I could just up the average age by about 30 years…
I never thought I’d find so little to blog about in a whole year. I’ve been so remiss but I suspect that most of my writing energy was being expended on writing essays – and let’s face it, you’re likely to be not particularly interested in the kind of stuff I was turning out… maybe 2010 will be better for blogging. I certainly need to do some design tweaking… this notebook look is so old skool.
I never thought I’d be able to successfully pull apart my Mac and put it back together (and have it work) without major incident.
I never thought I’d be in NZ twice in the year I was a student, nor that I’d be going also to Tasmania for a holiday in January but I did and I am, and I’m so grateful to be able to get to see the family and friends on the other ends of those plane rides.
I never thought at age 41 I’d have to prevail on other people’s generosity when my circumstances looked impossible and when I didn’t know where the next dollar was coming from. At the same time I could not be more thankful that I have such close and generous friends who bought me groceries, meat parcels and coffee and who took me out for steak and tequila once in a blue moon. Or, even better, gave me work so I could buy coffee for other people on occasion.
I never thought I’d be inquiring as to the possibility of further study next year, a research project that will upgrade my degree to Honours. It’s a nagging thought I can’t shake… I must be insane, particularly given how excited I am by the thought of surveying Christian churches about their use of digital technologies…
I never thought that I’d be so happy to go to church on a Sunday nor that to get so happy I’d have to leave one church and take up with another. This is such a bittersweet change and one that I never expected to occur, I still find it a bit bizarre. I only know that given the paradigm shifts my faith and feelings have gone through this year and as hard as it is that there are people I see a lot less of now, it’s still the right thing to have done.
Above all, I never thought that my life could be so rich with friends, relations, experiences, love and life, both IRL and here online. To all of you, whether I know you in person or ‘virtually’. Thank you for making this year an awesome one! I hope yours has been as much an adventure for you.