The Year That Was

Happy New Year to everyone.  Let’s hope 2020 is a fantastic year for everyone.

So 2019 is in the books. Before I look forward to the year ahead, I should probably take a moment to look back.

I would have to say the year held a lot of positives for me.

I traveled to Costa Rica.  I had really been planning a completely different trip that fell through and basically took this trip as a consolation.  I didn’t know much about the place, and even less about the company that put it together.  It had come highly recommended, and it was on sale.  Looking back it was a stellar trip with lots of great moments.  It definitely helped push me towards 2020’s Colombia trip.

After letting everyone in on the relationship I had been keeping secret, we went on to pass the one year mark. I don’t really need to count months or years, but anniversaries should be noted in some way.  Through the course of the year we had some great dates and it was nice to have someone to share things with.

My blogging really ramped up and I managed to write more posts than I did the year before. This led to a slight increase in readership and followers, but more importantly, allowed me to get a little better at my writing.  Now I just have to get better at marketing myself and the blog.

I got back to more enjoyable cycling this year and finally found myself making gains as the summer and autumn went by. The scenery passing by on the bike was wonderful and the camaraderie shared by fellow enthusiasts is awesome.

My true friends continue to be just that.  We are all heading for a milestone year this  year and our friendship is as strong as ever.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t need friends.  You need friends, just choose wisely.

I discovered some new authors, bloggers, and vloggers. There are a number of creative and talented people out there and it’s great when you discover them, or someone else helps you discover them.  I only hope I can create that feeling for some people out there.

Unfortunately, the year had its lows.

Death reared its head and took away people it shouldn’t have. I could write post after post complaining of this, and it wouldn’t do any good.  It was nice to see how supportive people can be, but it is still a punch in the gut.  It isn’t fair.  It just isn’t fair.

The atmosphere at my work changed considerably this year and not for the better. Fortunately that isn’t in the classroom and is just in the staff room.  I would like to think that it will get better now, but some wounds just won’t heal.  It’s a transient workplace and maybe some of the aggravating ones will leave and things will find a new balance.  If they don’t, there will just be another Misfits’ Christmas party next year.

The weight I lost before going to Costa Rica to do some zip-lining came back with a little bit of a vengeance.  Again, complaining won’t do anybody any good.  Besides, I know that I would only be complaining to myself–and I know I am too stubborn to listen.

If you would like to look at my year, I invite you to take a look at some of the posts I have highlighted from the past year.  I don’t know if these are a representative sample or just the ones that caught my eye.  Let me know what you think.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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2 Responses to The Year That Was

  1. Hunida says:

    It was such a joy following you throughout 2019, I cannot wait to see all that you get up to in 2020. 🙂

  2. Jinjer says:

    What a great year! I’m so glad I found your blog this year. Looking forward to your 2020 posts!

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