As the dust settles and the ticker tape is swept away, I take a head count of those left standing after the end of 2006.
It was an ... interesting?... year.
Yes, that's putting it mildly, but I'll save the histrionics for later in the year, when I'm running out of shit to write about.
I learned so much about so much. About people, family and friends. About responsibility, taking charge and making myself heard. About love, loss and healing. And most importantly, about myself.
Dude, I'm cooler than I thought :D
Also, I'm so proud of myself for the way I handled the New Year's.
I remained happily buzzed and did not get fucking wasted.
I danced and sang and laughed.
And then I stopped drinking and re-hydrated with water.
I woke up the next morning feeling perfect. No trace of a hangover.
Generally, I'm not sad or angry or bitter. Really, I'm not. I'm surrounded by friends, most of whom are good people. My work remains as challenging as ever and I have more of a plan than I did last year. I've got quite a bit to look forward to.
Also, my haircut isn't looking like a World War II helmet welded on my head. It's finally starting to look good.
Truth, honesty and reality have always been high on my list of ...uh... principles. And as far as I can tell, I've stuck to my guns.
In time, hopefully, I will learn to stand up for myself more. That is all I want for myself right now. The list of things I want for everyone else around me is endless.
I hope everyone is going to be as happy as they deserve to be. Good luck to us all.