Friday, December 31, 2010

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Dos mil diez.
Deus mille dix.
Twenty-eleven.
Two-thousand ten.

It's been a year, which is hard to believe. Last year, I had just come off the best Christmas in the entire world with stronger friendships and a million inside jokes. 2009 was, in a word, epic, and lots happened. Last year, I wrote:

"You know what, 2009 was great. It was full of everything a year should be. I loved it. It was an amazing year for me. But 2010 can be great, too. My New Year's Resolution?

Stop being afraid of the future. Stop living in the past.

Just because something was great, doesn't mean greater doesn't exist.

2010 is going to be great. That's not a hope. That's a fact.

Because (not to quote Hannah Montana) life's what you make it.

So, let's Carpe Diem, people.
"

Wasn't I cool? I don't mean that in a conceited way, I just realize what a great outlook I had. Somehow, in 2010 I lost some of that.

2010 has been really different. It's been quieter sort of, full of growing up and learning (often the hard way). I've made some unexpected friends and lost some unexpected friends. I've worked harder in school and started to like shopping.

2010 hasn't been fireworks and joy, it's been moonlight and understanding.

Twenty-ten was interesting and enlightening, but I can't say that I will miss it. I'm more eager to see what twenty-eleven holds than I am to hold onto twenty-ten, and I think that's a good thing.

Tonight, I'm having the first New Year's Eve party I've ever thrown. I think it'll be great :) Scratch that, I *know* it'll be great. We'll eat popcorn and drink sparkling grape juice and play games and watch the ball drop in Times Square. We'll be with each other.

Life is about living, loving, laughing and learning. In 2011, I plan to remember and do those things to 100% of my ability, and then I *know* the year will be great.

Who's with me? Let's live, love, laugh and learn together. Let's Carep Diem, y'all :)

~Kendra

4 comments:

♥Bleah♥Briann♥ said...

Yeah! I think I know exactly how you feel... I dunno what it was, but this year seemed slowe... and I don't know. Wiser. It was less about making amazing memories and having awesome adventures... it was more about sitting back, thinking, and understanding. I don't know though... maybe that's just me!

xx,
Bleah

Ian said...

This describes pretty much exactly what I've felt and seen around me for the past year. Everyone that I knew for years was suddenly growing up, growing new, and developing into a fuller, more mature person, seeing new things, embracing them, striving for them. It's as if everyone decided that it was time to think about where to move on to. 2010 was sort of th year that said to everyone, "let go and move on, or be left behind."

So, yeah. I totally get what you're saying. And I've also decided to let go of the past and look forward to what happens in 2011. For me, I think it's about time. :)

Tunafish said...

It was a great year =) I grew so much... had lots of fun and learned a tonne. And I've had to say goodbye to friends and family, some times till the end of this year, other times to a few years ahead, still other times till I leave this earth, and other times never again. I've been around so much death. Robberies, depression and pain. But it's still worth living cuse otherwise I'd be dead =P It was a good year with allot of... drawbacks. Lets see where GOD takes me in this next year =) Jesus loves you!

Levi said...

2010 hasn't been fireworks and joy, it's been moonlight and understanding.
Mmmm I can relate : ). I'm rather apathetic about this coming year. We'll see how things go.