I rung in the New Year at a Widespread Panic concert at the Fox Theater in downtown Atlanta (you can listen to the show and others here). I got to hang out with one of my best friends growing up, which was fun. I also ran into someone that I used to work with during college at a sandwich and wings shop. I also got to watch one of my old college buddies play in a horn ensemble with group – he had several solos throughout the night and was great! Widespread Panic played from 9:00 PM until about 2:00 AM in the morning. I was good to head home at that point, but we ended up going to an after-party, during which I started to feel worn out. Bed was sometime between 5 and 6 AM. It was a good night! Thank goodness I took some earplugs – I was able to catch some good sleep in a room full of snoring people.
I’m glad we are through the holiday season. I don’t know why, but the holidays often annoy me. Not sure why; they just do. I didn’t participate in much of the holidays this year. I spent Thanksgiving in the hospital with my Dad after his back surgery (he is recovering well, thankfully). I skipped the office holiday party and called out sick to the one Christmas event that I had planned with extended family. I then spent several days of Christmas sick. I’m glad that we’re back to normal. Perhaps in the future I will just travel on the holidays – maybe skiing on Christmas from here on out!
I’m looking forward to this year. I feel like I accomplished a lot of what I needed to in 2015:
- I figured out many things related to personality and what sort of life clicks best with me.
- I learned how to say no at work and have been getting caught up for the first time in a really long time.
- I have made progress toward figuring out the next phase of my career.
- I have been taking better care of myself.
For 2016 I just plan to continue transitioning from the “figuring out” phase into the “doing” phase. Should be a good year! Mostly I’m just thankful to still be here and to have the opportunity to try and make the most of another year.
I leave you with a sort-of dark New Year song from Death Cab for Cutie. Enjoy!
“The New Year”
So this is the new year.
And i don’t feel any different.
The clanking of crystal
Explosions off in the distance (in the distance).
So this is the new year
And I have no resolutions
For self assigned penance
For problems with easy solutions
So everybody put your best suit or dress on
Let’s make believe that we are wealthy for just this once
Lighting firecrackers off on the front lawn
As thirty dialogs bleed into one
I wish the world was flat like the old days
Then i could travel just by folding a map
No more airplanes, or speed trains, or freeways
There’d be no distance that could hold us back.
There’d be no distance that could hold us back [x2]
So this is the new year [x4]