Looking back, looking ahead

I’ve had a rather enjoyable 2012. I’m ending it with a sense of achievement, which is nice. I started this blog, and now have my very own corner of the internet in which to stand upon my soapbox. I attended my first ever BarCamp which was loads of fun. I managed to get my weight down to under 10 stone for a period of about 10 days, and I have kept most of the weight off (not counting the last 3 weeks.) I also completed NaBloPoMo, through which I have become more confident and more politically engaged. I played some really cool video games and finally finished Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time after rage quitting over 3 years ago. I got to see a show sitting in a theatre box, which has always been something I wanted to do, and in so doing also got to see The Mousetrap (from a rather restricted view but I don’t care!) 2 modest theatre related ambitions now fulfilled! I also looked through a telescope and saw the craters of the moon in amazing detail, and could just about make out the stripes on Jupiter. And I turned 30. I’m not usually big on arbitrary milestones, and much prefer to think about actual achievements, but 30 is kind of a big deal.

As Terry was writing his end of year review blog he looked over Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare for reminders of everything he’d been up to this year. I have to admit that on occasions I am rather snarky about Terry’s incessant ‘checking in’ to places we go to. I still don’t really get the gamification aspect – why would anyone want to be the ‘Mayor’ of Platform 2 at Woking station? But looking through Terry’s list I realised that as an aide memoir it can be pretty useful. I’m not a sentimental person. I have few keepsakes, and I take virtually no photos. I’ve always been happy to dwell on the past using nothing more than my memory. But, perhaps as I grow older, I realise that while my memory might be good, it’s not unlimited, and maybe it would be fun to have a more reliable record of what I get up to. So my New Year’s Resolution which I might actually stick to, it to start using check-in services when I go to interesting places. I’m not counting Woking Station though.

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