I know I've mentioned this before, but why in the goddamn hell does time go by so quickly as you get older? It's so weird. Sometimes I feel like life really is passing me by.
I'm always glad to see a new year arrive. I guess because a new year brings hope that it might be better than the year before. Even if the year before wasn't all that bad. Point being, there's always room for improvement in most areas. If not all. So I welcome 2012 with open arms.
I can't say that 2011 was all that bad for me. In fact, it's probably been one of my better years in recent years. Nothing too monumental happened, but that's what made it good. For me, 2011 was fairly calm and even-keeled. Stable - just how I like it. Although there were no major ups, more importantly there were very few major downs. I thank you for that, universe, it was nice to relax for a bit. Looking back, I had a lot of fun this year. I went to a shit-ton of great concerts. Have I mentioned that Erasure, of all bands, takes the cake as best concert of the year? Yes, the 80's, synthpop band Erasure. I went in with semi-low expectations and was floored by how great of a show it was. And they had the best crowd of any show I've been to all year. As I expected, every gay male in town was there and the dancing/arm flailing never stopped once the music started. It was loads o' fun. This year I also got to witness the most exciting post-season baseball I'll probably ever see, so that was cool. I reconnected with some old, good friends I hadn't talked to since the late 80's - people I had wondered about regularly all those years, making the reunions extra sweet. I traveled a bit, although not enough. This was my first full year at my job, and it has been super awesome to enjoy going to work (mostly) every day. It's the first time in many years I can say that. It has done wonders for my psyche. It has changed me, relaxed me, and made me a generally happy person. That is a really good feeling, and probably my biggest accomplishment of the year. Of course, now that I have finally found happiness in that part of my life, I fear it will be yanked from under me at some point. That's how life seems to work and I'm a glass-half-empty kind of gal anyway, so I'm aiming to not think too far ahead and just appreciate and enjoy the ride while I'm on it.
Let's hope 2012 can somehow continue this upward swing for myself and all of us. As a whole, it sure feels like we're slowly sinking. Sinking economically, sinking ethically, sinking morally. I hope that some of these 2012 predictions are right. Not the end of the world ones, but the ones about "big changes" and some sort of worldly enlightenment or spiritual awakening. It couldn't hurt. We need a boost. We need some sort of help to get on the upward part of the spiral. I envision it like the 60's happening again. Some sort of monumental shift. Although without the LSD. I think that could be a hindrance at this point.
Enjoy your New Year's Eve! To get your party started, here's some video I took of Erasure performing Love to Hate You. I dare you not to dance.