2011: An Awkward Year
2011 was a tumultuous year for both me and the people I loved. It had amazing moments, but it also had some incredible challenges that I’d rather not repeat in 2012. Regardless of the lows, I learned something about the world and myself every single day, and I wouldn’t change any of it. It brought love, laughter, tears, adventures, fears, heartache, loss, joy, and every other emotion I could possibly had. I freaked some people out by having them all at once, but luckily they make a pill for that. I look upon 2011 as old lover that I loved but now must leave behind, and looking toward 2012 as 12 months of adventure.
I spent the first hours of the new year partying in Times Square with some of my favorite people in the world.
I saw 3 shows on Broadway.
I strolled through frozen Central Park.
I paid my respects at Ground Zero.
I saw the world from the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building.
I moved to Reno to be a college student.
I loved and broke up with someone 10 years older than me.
I rediscovered my Awkward Tourist.
I got closer to my grandmother.
I helped my family when my dad got laid off.
I took a solo road trip to San Francisco and treated myself to many yummy things.
I took my Scottish best friend to an American ghost town.
I waited with hundreds of other Potheads to see the final Harry Potter movie at midnight.
I took a whole weekend to do LA right stress-free with my BBFFs.
I auditioned for a game show.
I made it on to a game show.
I moved back to Reno.
I (hopefully) helped my best friend go through a very difficult time.
I survived my Journalism class.
I visited New York City alone.
I rode the NY subway alone.
I ate a Shake Shack burger.
I failed miserably at a game show.
I watched a cousin get married.
I went through the sudden death of another cousin.I went to Fright Fest as a visitor.
I flew internationally with just a carry-on.
I crossed an international border by car for the first time.
I got stuck in Seattle traffic.
I took an amphibious tour of Seattle.
I saw the Sleepless in Seattle house.
I visited North Cascades National Park.
I met some amazing people that I feel is no coincidence.
I participated in my first pub crawl.
I got food poisoning for the first time.
I got 2 semesters closer to my Bachelor’s Degree.
I planned my first trip around the world.
The first couple weeks of 2012 I get to spend in utter relaxation with my family, and then I leave to sail around the world for 3 1/2 months. Next year’s list will be quite a bit more impressive. Happy New Year, bring it on 2012!!