2006 - Thing to take note of that will relate to this:
- 2006 was the year of the Dog
- 2006 was designated the year of deserts and desertification by the United Nations General Assembly
- 2006 was International Asperger's Syndrome Year
- 2006 was the Year of Mozart (celebrating his 250th birthday)
- January 1 to June 30, 2006 was predicted to have tied 1998 as the
warmest semi-year, for any year since the 1890s. Overall, forecasters and
scientists predict 2006 to be the third warmest year on record, behind
1998 and 2005.
- Items of relation recognized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
- 150th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud
- The Bible Code (1997): According to purported codes hidden in the
Torah, the apocalypse was to have occurred in 2006.
2006 was a year unlike any other for me. Of course such things could be said about every year but for me this was a different year.
I had began 2006 with high hopes - I was to have my trial for my spinal cord stimulator and possibly a permanent one. My ex was to apply to grad school in Albany and I was to transfer. The goals I set for myself were all more personal goals involving the improvement of my character:
1: To compromise. This is something that I am constantly relearning.
2: Maintain focus on what is important.
3: If you don't like something change it.
4: Appreciate everyone or else they will be gone.
5: Stand up and speak out.
I think I managed to accomplish all of these to a degree. Compromise is something that can take a lifetime to fully be able to do and admittedly I am a selfish person at times. Focus is not an easy thing to keep - especially with the events of the first 8 months of 2006 - but I am going to put humility aside for the moment and say that my grades were fantastic. I have done more than my share of speaking out - sometimes sticking my foot in my mouth but a few weeks ago - at my sister's request and initiation - we sat down with my mother and made our points clear. Whether or not it got across remains to be seen. Appreciating people is something I learned more than ever last year. I think without (in no particular order for those would complain later on) the help of Annie, Andrew, Andrea (sister), Andrea (C), Lisa, my father and his wife, (Colin - to a limited degree) Jan, and Juan last year would have been even rougher. You learn to appreciate people when you are in a position where you need help with the simplest activities. Annie and Andrew (surprisingly) proved to be my points of stability. Andrew and I had not spoken for roughly 2 years because of his own issues - which I will not go into in the forum - but had appeared sometime in June not only having had dealt with his issues but coming out stronger than I have seen him previously. After the breakup, it was my friends and members of my family that helped me cope with everything so that I could move on with life and begin a new chapter. To them: my greatest love and appreciation.
At the same time there are those who I still feel close to but have lost contact with not through my own doing but for reasons unclear. To these individuals - I will not give up on them - when the time is right and/or when I am supposed to hear from them I will.
So then why the why list the items I did? I could sit and rattle off a myriad of lame ass euphemisms demonstrating how each of these things somehow relates to the events of the past year but those who know me and know everything that transpired last year - the good and the bad - know how those things fit together.
I posted this elsewhere last year but its a great way to reflect on the entire year so I will post this again with the appropos changes and then onto next year:
1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before? I became a cyborg, had to confront the issue of a loved one having cancer, and went to San Francisco.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't make resolutions anymore - I just set goals.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Erin
4. Did anyone close to you die? As stated last year, I should be so lucky.
5. What countries did you visit? Canada, but Canada doesn't count because it's a dominion.
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006? Peace of mind, still want those brand new nerves for my arms, and perhaps a whoopin cane.
7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? February 6th - the beginning of the end; March 18th - the day Annie surprised me; April 14-15 - the middle of the end and the fact that my sister will probably not let me forget the later; July 5 - the day I became a cyborg; August 4 - The end of the end. September 27 - a new beginning with a new love. October 6 - Angela's wedding where I almost cried. October 13-18 - playing refugee camp. December 1-5 - Going to San Francisco December 24-25 - A Christmas with no drama (the first!).
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Maintaining my GPA and getting into History Honors
9. What was your biggest failure? Missing my niece's first birthday
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? The persistant medical issues with my nerves in my arms and shoulders.
11. What was the best thing you bought? I would have to say my education.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Annie and Andrew - Annie for flying down twice to be there because I needed her but I think equally important Andrew for conquering his demons and demonstrating that he is once again the friend I grew up with - the one I can trust, rely on and love (not in that gay way!)
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? The United States Government, the New York State Worker's Compensation System, my mother - to a degree.
14. Where did most of your money go? To my landlord, the automobile industry and it's ilk.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Going to San Francisco, meeting my current love, the announcement that Sweeney Todd is going to be made into a feature length film and my surgery.
16. What song will always remind you of 2006? Defying Gravity
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer? Everything is on par with last year
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Recreational reading and having time to appreciate the finer things in life
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Medicating myself
20. How will you be spending Christmas? Christmas is 357 days away, do we really want to get me worked up about this so soon?
21. How will you be spending New Years? It's hard to say. Hopefully sans meds and tanked as Jesus intended it to be.
22. Did you fall in love in 2006? Yes
23. How many one-night stands? None
24. What was your favorite TV program? Iron Chef, Lost, Alias, Smallville, Colbert Report, Family Guy, Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy, Survivor, Prison Break, and Good Eats.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? I don't hate...I socially destroy...it's much productive and rewarding. Although I don't have the time to participate so much in that anymore.
26. What was the best book you read? Child - the only tomes I have read this past year were school related.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery? If I made a great musical discovery do you honestly think I would be here posting this and not on the sands of a Micronesian island sipping Mai Tais? HONESTLY! Though discovering Grey Gardens while up all night where I accidently caught the Drama Desk awards was a good one - insane Kennedy relations? You can't really go wrong there?
28. What did you want and get? A Spinal Cord Stimulator and A New Argentina
29. What did you want and not get? Alias the Complete Series in the pretty boxed set
30. What was your favorite film of this year? It's a tie between Pirates of the Caribbean II and Casino Royale - I am still bitter about Rent
31. What did you do on your birthday? Well - I went grocery shopping and christmas shopping and did laundry - Zhi bought fillet mignon, which Andrew prepared, ate dinner with them and enjoyed cake and pressies.
32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A cattle prod.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006? Amusing
34. What kept you sane? Clearly not the maternal side of my family. Calabrese's little pearls of wisdom, friends, and school.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? 37!!!!
36. What political issue stirred you the most? The whole marriage amendment crap - go and read the transcripts! Pack of jackasses running this country.
37. Who did you miss? Annie, Glenn, Angela, Ktb, Jessica (who is AWOL), Shaun, Amanda, and of course those who have not heard from in a pig's eye.
38. Who was the best new person you met? Aside from Zhi - Dr. Stevens and Michelle. Someday the conversations between Dr. Stevens and I will make a great comedic novel or even a television series.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006: Perseverance. What I learned from Andrea Calabrese: Being a raging bitch pays off in spades. Not all babies are evil some are adorable.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: As it says in the headline of my profile: "Sickness will surely take the mind, where minds can't usually go. Come on the amazing journey and learn all you should know."
So what should I expect for 2007? I have no idea - life has taught me thus far that you can only plan or set goals and hope and strive to achieve them. Whether or not you do achieve them lies with your own desire, motivation and will power to surpass the unexpected.
My goals are pretty fixed and in no particular order:
1. Continue my successes in school.
2. Strive for fiscal stability.
3. Research Graduate Schools and visit some of them.
4. Apply to Anthropology Honors; Apply to National Honors Societies for both History and Anthropology.
5. Determine research theses for both History Honors and Anthropology Honors.
6. Decide on which MA/Ph.D. program I want to pursue and apply.
7. Prepare for the GREs.
8. Really try to find some sort of resolution for my medical issues, especially the shoulder issues, the leg issue that comes and goes since surgery, and get off some of my medications.
9. Get my dental work finished.
10. Make time for myself to have fun!
My goals for January: Get my apartment in order before the semester.
These don't seem like much but believe me they are.
I still need to focus on learning how to take my time on doing ordinary things around the apartment because it only results in my being in even more pain. I also need to focus on improving my outlook on myself - I know humility is a great thing but when it comes to various facets of my life I tend to short-sell myself.
And so I will end this in the same way I began this:
2007 - The Year of the Pig
- International Polar Year
- International Heliophysical Year
- The year of Pisces
- ISBNs will be 13 digits instead of 10 thanks to all the crap books out there (::coughs:: James Joyce::)
- March 3-4 - Total Lunar Eclipse
- March 11 - Day Light Savings Time will begin ahead of schedule making millions of Americans late for work and resulting in my being cranky for 2 days.
- June 30 - will have a blue moon - something odd/rare will happen.
- July 1 - Hong Kong which was returned to the Chinese Government from the British Government in 1997, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary of its Special Administrative Region Establishment.
- July 7 - 7 New Wonders of the world to be unveiled.
- September 11 - Partial Solar Eclipse
- November 4 - Daylight Savings Time Ends - I will be well rested November 5
TBA - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes out thus possibly devistating millions of children and thousands of parents.
Happy New Year Everyone! Hopefully 2007 will be a better year for everyone!