As I mentioned in my last post, I noticed that some people felt that 2012 was very difficult for them, and I empathize. Whether it be due to unemployment or detrimental changes in job status, other financial problems, the loss of loved ones, or unhappy personal relationships, everybody goes through challenging times, even relatively optimistic and happy people. If I could, I would wish everyone’s troubles away. I can only look for opportunities to pay it forward on a daily basis and spread love and positive energy to those with whom I interact. I want all my family and friends to be as happy as possible.
Nevertheless, I can’t help but feel that 2012 was a super year for me in terms of setting and accomplishing goals and having a lot of fun. Although it’s mid-February already, it’s not too late to take a quick look back at last year so that in the future I can better recollect the good memories. I finally sat down today and reflected on the positive things that happened and that I made happen:
- Trained very hard and completed two GoRuck Challenges — #179 in June and #309 in November, both in S.F. In the process, I made some great new and sure to be lifelong friends. I wrote about those very rewarding experiences in other posts.
- Rode my first “century”, a 100-mile bike ride. The Wine Country Century is a beautiful route in and around Santa Rosa, and I blogged about that, too!
- Set a new annual personal best by riding a total of 4,001 miles on my Specialized Roubaix bike.
- My son graduated high school, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and began attending U.C. Santa Cruz. My daughter finished her Girl Scout Silver Award, finished a successful freshman year at Northgate High, and started her sophomore year well. Obviously these were their accomplishments, not mine, but as a parent, it was very fulfilling to see my kids growing up and being successful.
- Enjoyed great family trips to Maui in August and Phoenix and Joshua Tree National Park in December. The kids had never been to Maui before, and not surprisingly they loved it!
- Financially, it was a good year — profitable work-wise, plus we refinanced our mortgage again and saved more money.
- Did more volunteer work with Hospice, but then also took a break from that. Rejoined Rotary after a 2-year absence; although I have since stepped away again, at least I gave it a shot.
- Started a new webpage called “Spontaneous Combustion” with which I am really happy.
Although there were some very difficult, stressful times during the year, I maintained a positive attitude as much as I could, and all my experiences — good and bad — taught me new lessons and made me stronger.
2013 may not prove as exciting as last year — I really don’t know — but in some ways it is off to an amazing start. Enough looking back! Onward and upward!