I took a seat at the end of the water, at the end of a day on the end of the year and thought back to 2013.
I don’t do resolutions, so much. My attention span is too short for those. But, I do like to take inventory and learn from the year that has passed.
If I judge the year in hours playing video games with my kids, I think that number comes in around 50 hours. Less than some, more than others. If I judge the year in shutter clicks, this was a 25,000 shutter sort of year. Less than some, more than others. If I judge the year in software projects, I think the number is around 8, at least 2 being pretty big. If I judge the year in income, well — I’ll leave that to the accountant dude.
Then I think back to 2013, it looks like I worked on a bunch of different projects for a bunch of very different people in a bunch of different industries. I missed some deadlines, I beat some deadlines, I missed some estimates, I beat some estimates.
I spent less time barefoot on the beach than I would have liked but I’m happy that I seldom found the need to wear socks in lieu of comfy boat shoes. I spent more time fighting crazy computer problems caused by ‘upgrades’ than I’d care to admit.
I lost out on some professional opportunities and got pulled into a lawsuit (that I tried to prevent) as a witness trying to arbitrate a deal that was good for all parties, even at my own expense. At work, some days I got railroaded, other days appreciated but I think I tried to have fun at both.
I told a few white lies, a bunch of harshly worded truths, a couple dirty jokes and a story or two. I called, The President, a democrat, names, out loud - towards my television on more than one occassion. I called, The Speaker of the House, a republican, names - out loud - towards my television on an equal number of occasions.
I was kind to strangers most of the time, even when they annoyed me. I tipped well, even when the service was fail and I opted for fake smiles instead of real frowns. More importantly, I enjoyed plenty of real smiles, along the way.
Yep, that was 2013. A pretty good year.
I’ll have another please.