Ciao, 2014. We hardly knew ye.

I used to spend an inordinate amount of time configuring how I’d redo the past, given the chance, and time and time again I’d recognize the aforementioned thoughts as wasted time, chalk it up as needing to let go, only to retread on the same path in a vicious circle.

2014 was a solid year for me, the best year I’ve had since 2009. I stopped looking into the past, because it became apparent, after enough dwelling, there was nothing there to glean or otherwise sublimate into energy for the future. Live your life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror. That stoppage was gradual and not immediate, but positive — I can say — in every aspect. Compared to 2009, I’m at my very best, overall, the strongest overall version of myself in all my life. I was naive in 2009 and ill-prepared for the terrible year that 2010 was. My old Achilles’ heel used to be thinking about how I would have redone 2010, but now I abide by to another saying as well: stay ready so you don’t have to get ready — a moderately simple statement that packs an unequivocal meaning: life has its highs, life has its lows, so be ready for both and never settle nor be complacent.

With the end of 2014 just about eight hours away where I live, it blows my mind how much has not only changed over the years, but how quickly time has blown by. The years 2005 and 2006 feel like yesterday, to me. The years 2008 and 2009 feels like five minutes ago. I can remember damn near every detail about those years like they’d just happened. That’s probably one of the reasons I find extreme nostalgia to be so hellacious, due to the recalling of it all.

I’m so damn appreciative of the people I have in my life, going into 2015. When you choose to surround yourself with positive, selfless individuals over somebody riddled with selfishness and manipulative lying, it pays dividends for your sanity. My girlfriend is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met.

2015 is going to bring on a horde of, “Where the fuck’s my hoverboard?” memes. Prepare for that shit.

Stay up, stay ready and keep yourself in good health this forthcoming year, people.

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