Prelude: I finished writing this post in October 2017. I cannot recall why I hadn’t posted it then. Perhaps I was shy, perhaps I was too lazy to find the right photos… maybe I’ll add a few one day. In the meantime, I hope this inspires you to reflect on your own accomplishments and remember how awesome you are.
2012 was a big year for me. If you know me, there’s a likely chance that I’ve mentioned something to you about that year.
January – I started the year with a major concussion. I didn’t know it at the time, but it would do some serious damage. Relationships, education, work – it affected every aspect of my life. And ruined my dreams of becoming a pro snowboarder. Jokes aside, effects from that confusion still linger from time to time.
It was an eventful year, my benchmark year. I have compared every year since to that year! Somehow, I continue to surprise myself how much can actually be accomplished in 365 days.
I’ll break out 2012 as simply as I can:
Jan/Feb – internship and trip to Dallas, Houston and San Diego. Met some pretty cool folks that I’m regularly impressed with.
Mar/Apr – finished off college, managed to swing a trip back to NB, continued reserve life on Wednesday’s
May – the trip of all trips. 3 weeks, 9 countries, a beautiful group of new friends, and a Slovenian men’s choir serenading Nicole and I at the hostel. Absolutely unreal.
June – solo ride West. My 2002 Sonata didn’t know what happened to it. I learned creative ways to prop a camera up without a tripod – I recommend investing in a tripod.
July/August – Vancouver Island. All summer. Beach volleyball at 4:30 everyday, just because. Sliders on Fridays (you can look up what that means in the military). I thought I was going to stay forever.
Nope. I found out my next posting was going to be in Halifax.
Me: “Nicole, want to go on a roadtrip?”
Nicole: “Sure! When?”
Me: “Next week”
Nicole literally dropped everything to make that trip work. It was truly the first time I’d ever experience a situation where someone valued life experiences over career opportunities. That moment, that singular moment, has inspired me ever since.
September – USA roadtrip. We were unstoppable. Drove from Victoria to San Francisco in a day (shout out to Mike for the extra help driving), slept in hotel parking lots, did Vegas properly, horseback riding in Nashville, surfed the golden coast. Late nights, early morning, and the stamina of two 22 year old girls. I think we nailed that adventure – one could say it was a Total Eclipse of the Heart. Just when I thought my year couldn’t get any better.
October – I thought it would be cool to become a navy diver. Well – 6 weeks of ass-kicking later, I got my official pin. Looking back, it’s continues to be one of the proudest accomplishments of my life.
November – I was torn between a position at Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic or a career outside of the navy, at the Saint John Port Authority. The Port job was only a 6 month contract, so I figured I’d do that then head back to Halifax or Victoria as a diver. I never went back.
As time has come and gone and I look back on my “marquis” year, I’m really glad I made the decisions I did. Every penny spent, every kilometre covered; the forks in the road and the unexpected u-turns have led me to where I am today.
One of my biggest weaknesses is that I rarely take the time to look back and properly evaluate how certain experiences have changed me – for better and for worse.
Today, when I look back on 2012, I see a curious and passionate young woman who truly didn’t understand what the heck she was doing. Every opportunity was a chance to learn something new and hopefully meet some interesting people along the way.
2012 set the stage for me. Restless, adventurous and ready to overcome any obstacle in front of me. I know there are limits out there, but I’m not ready to face them yet.