Being Introspective

In the past year I’ve become increasingly disorganised in my thoughts. I’d like to blame it on being too busy to think clearly, but that’s a horrid excuse and I really should make more of an effort. So here’s my attempt at reflecting on the year that passed. 

2012 was challenging on a lot of levels. On the surface, life looked very much like business as usual; in fact that’s what I’ve been telling anyone who asks. It’s been a rollercoaster year in some ways, though. Work kicked my butt in many different directions, and my irrational aversion to work-related travel was validated on multiple occasions. I was ill more than I should’ve been, and my fitness suffered for it. Some friends moved away, while others had babies (which, let’s be honest, sometimes places them on rather a different planet than the child-free).

This year I tried hard to spend more time with the people who matter. I made time for family more often, and with James’ help I organised a blow-out 60th birthday dinner for my dad. I was less self-conscious about wearing my heart on my sleeve and letting my friends know how much they mean to me. I also was a bit more ruthless about saying no to social occasions with hi-bye acquaintances.

I’ve lost my temper a lot more than I’d like in the past year, and that’s something that has to change. I’m adopting the Serenity Prayer for guidance in the year ahead. And when I can’t keep sight of that, I’ll at least try counting to 10 before I open my mouth. I may not be able to handle infuriating situations with absolute grace, but I can at least try to get better at faking it.

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  1. Alli - December 29, 2012

    More time for family, more openness with your friends… sounds like there were some really good points to balance the less good. I, personally, thought you were awesome this year.

  2. triciaseow - December 31, 2012

    Happy New Year, Germaine! You’re awesome.

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