Another years done, another one about to begin and what have you done?
This year was a roller coaster, it started in the South of England and is ending in Toronto. In between, I was on 9 airplanes, I went up and down, and side to side across Canada.
In 2012, I realized a number of my career goals, I graduated from University, moved to Alberta and began to work at a palaeontology museum. 2013 on the other hand, I began to realize many personal goals. I continued to work at the museum, but while doing so I travelled, I explored, I pushed myself to new extreme.s
Travel. Like I said, the year started in England, on the very first day of the year I walked around a ruined castle in England. Corfe Castle.
Upon returning to Canada I began to set my sights on the rest of Alberta, I went up to Edmonton, down to Lethbridge, and even visited the Star Ship Enterprise in Vulcan (Live Long and Prosper my friends). I made friends from across the planet at a short conference in April, these friendships hopefully will be a part of a later story of travel (we shall see won’t we).
Explore. I spent a lot of time hiking this year, I spent more time in the badlands, running up and down those endless hills with their painted lines. One can get lost without even trying. I climbed two mountains. The first, Mount Yamnuska in the Rockies. The second, a nameless peak in the Yukon’s Tombstone Territorial Park. This pushed me to an extreme which I had thought I could not do, it was amazing to see my mind, my body, and my heart come together. These were wonderful challenges, and wonderful days.
Pushed to the extreme. I’ve never been an athlete, but this past year I played on a volley ball team, and a softball team. All the while training for my first triathlon. The pain of swimming, biking, and running a sprint distance tri was like a drug and now I think I will have to do one again. I went on to complete a Spartan obstacle race, it’s a member of that strange phenomenon race series where one runs a course designed to hurt you. Again, mind and body. It hurt, but it felt like a grand accomplishment.
Finally, 2013, has been a year of friendship for me. I’ve met a great many people, from a great many places. All of whom have been welcoming, open, and just good human beings.
2013 has given me a hopeful and good outlook for the future.
Heres to you 2013, Happy New Year all!