2006 (in)personal Review
Even though this blog is pretty new, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t living 2006, so I find it appropriate to at least give a personal reflection about the year (albeit haphazardly, since I will be leaving for New York City in approximately 30 minutes).
This was probably one of the most significant years for me. I turned 21, I became an RA, a job I’ve always wanted to have since coming to college, and I found myself a job for after I graduate. I had to do a lot of growing up in a short period of time. I had focused solely on researching for my honors thesis over the summer and immediately after that, it was RA training, and with no time to break, I was thrown into the job search. Luckily, everything turned out alright, and I’m thankful for that. There was a lot of stress and anxiety that came with everything that happened, but I don’t regret any of my decisions this year. Even not getting to be an RA in my top choice dorm turned out to be a blessing, as I have what I a very tight-knit staff, great residents, and an awesome floor.
I can think of a few criticisms, however. I didn’t exercise as much as I wanted to this year, especially with working taking a priority. I didn’t call home as much as I should have. I didn’t even go home except for Thanksgiving and Winter Break. I’ve absolutely sucked at keeping up with friends from high school. And the 5 straight days of rain we got in Hawaii during Spring Break wasn’t so good, either.
But, my life did not occur under a microscope. I still hate to see where the United States is in global affairs, and that the global issues our planet faces still remain unsolved. Blood continues to be spilled in Iraq, global warming now appears to be a more pressing issue, gas prices are rising, and money is only be thrown at the AIDS problem. Newspapers recently reported that Wall Street stock brokers received record bonuses this Winter, but 1/5 of New York City’s citizenry has to decide between food or rent.
I refuse to be pessimistic. After all, the Cardinal’s managed to win the World Series which proves that anything is possible. Plus, the Democrats retook Congress. Will U.S. politics shift in 2007? That’s the question being posed to the Democrats and I’m interested to see how they answer next year. So as the ball drops in Times Square and 2007 rushes in, we can leave behind the problems, unsolved issues, and bad spirits and approach a new year with measured optimism of what’s to come. I know I will.