As this year comes to an end I hear a lot of people saying that it was shit, it wasn’t what they expected it to be, they hope the new year is better. I’m so thankful that this isn’t the case for me.
The beginning of this year saw the end of my first year of university. It was the first time I had ever lived on my own, and it helped me grow in ways I didn’t know I could. For that I am thankful, and I find myself excited to go back there.
This year also brought a closer connection to hitRECord and all the amazing and wonderfully talented people I’ve met there. hitRECord (and individual hitRECorders) have encouraged and inspired me to write more. I am by no means an exceptional writer, but I’m working on it, and I like to think that one day I’ll get there. I was lucky enough to meet some of you phenomenal people this year and that brought so much joy to my heart. I had such a good time with you all and I hope to see you again soon. So to all of the hitRECorders that have entered my life in the past year, I thank you. You have changed me for the better and I couldn’t ask for a more fantastic community. Even thousands of miles away, you all have touched my heart.
Of course I couldn’t forget this summer. I didn’t do anything extraordinary, but I spent it with my two best friends. We woke up in the afternoon so we could spend our time with the stars. We watched redbox movies and became friends with the graveyard shift at Walmart. We went to the beach late at night when no one was there and swam in the ocean in our underwear, our clothes forgotten in the sand. We drove for hours with nowhere to go, but the windows were down and the music was loud. That was all that mattered. I can honestly say that I would not be the person I am today without those two girls. So to Sam and Dragana, for another amazing year, I thank you. You are two of the most important people in my life and I don’t know what I would do without you. I love you with my whole heart and lungs and kidneys all the other vital organs. You are in my bones, now and forever.
Finally, the last few months of this year. In September I went to England. I just got back about a week and a half ago and it’s taking me some time to readjust. England was everything I expected and more. I did things over there that I never (and I seriously mean NEVER) thought I would do. I laughed, cried, threw up, blacked out, sprained my foot, danced, woke up to far too many fire alarms, ate way too much takeaway, and saw the country. But none of these things would have been the same if not for the people I met there. I know that, sadly, I will end up only talking to most of them a few times a year now. But some of them will be in my life forever. So to the girls, the first floor of E block, the Aussies and Kiwis, the A-team, the rag raid group, and, especially, the boys, I thank you. You put an incredible end to an incredible year, and I will come back to England as soon as I can. I love you all.
As it comes to a close, I look back on 2011 not with sorrow or disdain, but with an unparalleled happiness. This past year has been one of the best I’ve ever had, and I’m sad that it’s almost over. Now, however, it’s time for a new adventure. Now, it’s time for 2012.