Last year was a good year for me. I was feeling a bit lonely and depressed for a bit, but I decided to try some new stuff and develop some relationships. Early in the year, I decided it was important to get out of my apartment (rather than stay home and save money on food, transportation, etc.), so I started going to Mister Donut and studying Japanese.
Then I decided to try getting a new hobby/skill, so I took electric guitar lessons for a few months. That didn’t last long, though. One reason is that I kind of lost interest. I also decided to develop some relationships after getting some inspiration from Dan Pena. He says that you are the average of the handful of people that you spend time with. He also says that instead of just not associating with people that don’t help you reach your goals, you should also take the initiative to associate with people that will help you reach your goals. So, I picked some people that I thought would help me become a better person and did the work to develop relationships with them. One of those people is the great lady who became my girlfriend.
I also lost some weight and started traveling a bit. Traveling with someone you love makes the experience more worthwhile. I didn’t have much interest in traveling before, but after I started sharing my life with other people, I started to understand the benefits of getting out and seeing the world around me.
At work, I feel much more comfortable than last year. I started doing English Radio broadcasts at one school. One student I supported got second place in a speech contest and went to Tokyo.
I also made some baby steps toward getting into professional photography. I was the cameraman at my electric guitar teacher’s anniversary performance in a local bar. I didn’t make any money for that job, but I learned that both I and my photography equipment are capable of getting demanding jobs like that done. It gave me the confidence boost I needed.
Throughout the year I’ve kept up to date with the news, as I usually do. I did what little I could to support Donald Trump. I took a lot of time to learn and keep informed about the world around me. Unfortunately, a sister of mine didn’t like my views, so our relationship deteriorated quite a bit.
I ended the year by helping my girlfriend clean her family’s home, eating dinner with her mom for the first time, and then finally cleaning up my apartment, getting rid of a bunch of cardboard boxes that I had piled in an extra room I have. It was a great relief to have someone to help me.
All in all, it was a good year.