John Kahane (jkahane) wrote,
John Kahane

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The Year That Was

A new year. A time for reflection. A time for memories.

Up until a few years ago, I always did a Year in Review entry about things in a lot of detail. Four years ago, I changed it up and didn't do that, only something along the lines of a year's perspective. I've come to realise that the year is done. Life has wound its course for 2018, and there's no point dwelling on it too much. That's not to say that I won't remember 2018. I am, I do, and I will. But I can't live in the past, though I can certainly learn from what happened last year. At least I hope so.

For me personally, the year was epitomized for the most part by the declining political situation in the United States (aka Donald Trump, President), the way Canada-U.S. relations went downhill, the extent to which terrorism ruled the headlines, the way in which Mother Earth fought back against what we've done to the planet and climate change, and the various deaths in both the entertainment, music and science industries, notably of individuals my own age or younger; in a lot of ways, this has brought home my own mortality, but has just been saddening in others. I can say that my health didn't drastically improve over the course of 2018, and I may have gotten somewhat poorer in health, though I did lose a bit of weight, and my blood sugars aren't completely under control. I guess, when it comes down to it, I still have some things to learn about my insulin therapy. The bigger health issue, pain in my left shoulder, has now worsened and seems connected to the cervical spinal issues I'm having. That, and the fact I broke my ribs in October and they're healing slowly. We'll see what we shall see.

I can't honestly say there were a lot of 2018 highlights and lowlights that I'll look back on with any real fondness or annoyance, but there were a few of both during the course of the year. I like to think that I'm a bit of a better person for what happened in 2018, but there's room for improvement, and I hope to be a better person yet again in 2019.

That's really all I have to say about 2018.

Now? It's time to look forward. And all the good/great stuff that's going to happen this year.
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