Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

2014. Ten years since I graduated high school. It is strange to think of it. I mean, through life there is always another goal, another thing to do. Many of the things I thought about when I was younger are now done. I have my two college degrees, I have an interesting well paying job. I have done some traveling. It just seems like I could wake up tomorrow and it would be 2024 and I would have less change, less growth, to show in my life than the last 10 years. 

The truth is, we don't know what the next ten years will bring. Growth and change are also not mandatory. Yet the process of development is so much fun that I fear no longer developing. 

Despite my desire to develop, I am afraid to publicly mention my goals (New Year's resolutions) for 2014. Anytime goals are mentioned to some extent they seem conceited. Like if I said I wanted to pay off my student loans in 2014 one could argue it must be nice to have so few loans. To be honest, it is nice to have a fraction of the loans others have. Yet the $400 per month I pay is annoying and I would like to pay them off. I could also say I want to arrive at June with no frostbite or brain damage from Everest and one could say I am an idiot for even putting myself in the position to get hurt like that. I suppose that the haters are right, but without opening yourself to vulnerability of getting hurt it is hard to have really fulfilling experiences, wether that is climbing a mountain or in a relationship or leading something. 

2014 seems to be starting off on a quiet note, but I think it will be a memorable one for life changing events.

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