20:20 Hindsight

by Julianna Squicciarini

2009 is finished. Wow. Did anyone see it blow by? Did anyone hear it screech past as it disappeared around the bend and 2010 arrived?

I didn’t.

The end of December always starts me thinking about what the past year was like. What I remember most. What I did with all that time. Because if you think about it, a year is 12 whole months – 52 long weeks – 365 days – 8,760 hours – 525,600 minutes. That’s a long time. I start thinking things like, “Did I use my time wisely? I’m never going to get this year back; it’s never going to be 2009 again.” It’s not depressing, unless I did, in fact, waste all kinds of precious moments.

So here’s what I came up with:

  • This year, my car failed on me for the first time ever. I was driving home with Morgan from our very last horseback riding lesson down in Waxhaw, when…wait a second…this all sounds familiar…oh yes – that’s because Morgan already wrote the whole thing up. 😉 You can read all about it here.
  • This year, I watched the Superbowl for the first time ever! When you get up off the floor, read all about it here.
  • This year, I got texting on my cellphone. <pause> This could be seen as a good thing, or a bad thing. In some ways, it makes it so much easier to communicate with my friends and family; in others, it is exceptionally easy to abuse the privilege and text too much. Guidelines had to be set and reset by The Powers That Be, but I think I’m doing ok now, walking the straight-and-narrow. 🙂
  • This year, I went to a good handful of concerts. I saw William Joseph, Straight No Chaser, Steve Lippia, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra all in person. What’s more, I thoroughly enjoyed all of those concerts, and don’t regret spending a single penny. THAT is most important.
  • This year, I did a lot of traveling. I went every direction. I went 100 miles south, 250 miles southwest, 150 miles west, 1200 miles northwest, 400 miles northeast, 180 miles east, and 190 miles southeast. I visited Ocean Isle NC, Columbia SC, Fort Mill SC (finished out the year there!), Rock Hill SC, York SC (pretty much once a week!), Atlanta GA, Asheville NC (many times!), Lake Lure NC, Raleigh NC, Bristol VA (twice!), Hudson WI (full series here, here, here, here, and here), and Washington DC. If you’ll notice, that means I got to visit the capital of my state, as well as the capital of our country, both in the same year. I now know that I enjoy being in other places, but I don’t especially like to travel. Being in a town I’ve never seen, walking streets I don’t comprehend (has anyone ever thought of *fixing* Washington DC??), and seeing famous sites are magnificent; I just don’t really like the process of getting there – usually a long car drive. But hey – can’t win ’em all. I’m certainly not complaining! I can’t believe how many places I’ve been!
  • This year, I turned 20. I left forever behind the “teen” years. That realization was bittersweet; mostly sweet, with a little sadness, as the thought hit me. Time, in the long run, really does fly by. If we are just looking at hours of the day and minutes passing, time seems to crawl. But looking back now, I can’t believe my teen years have ended. I guess I should start acting like an adult… 😉
  • This year, I went to Carowinds for the first time ever (read all about it here). In fact, I went twice. 😀 That was fun, and something I can’t even believe I did.
  • This year, I finished off a year at the USO. Morgan and I were very excited about having volunteered there for a year, and the Washington, DC trip was a pseudo-reward for that. We each got certificates; mine says I worked 92.25 hours there, in their fiscal year. I know it’s not exactly right, but it’s got to be close. That’s pretty cool. Here’s to another fantastic year at the CLT Airport! <raises glass>
  • This year, I decided to go skydiving for my 21st birthday. And for those of you who don’t believe I’ll really jump, or think I’m going to freak out and start screaming, try me. Come see for yourself – I’m ready to do this.
  • This year, I participated in the Light the Night fight against leukemia and lymphoma. The five of us Squicciarini “kids” signed up to help out and walk the 2-mile walk up in Southpark in October. Only one of us was too sick to attend the actual walk in the arctic temperature. <sheepish smirk> But at least I wrote the post telling everyone about it!
  • This year, I attended a black-tie event for the first time in my life. I bought a great dress and uncomfortable heels, and enjoyed myself immensely. I’m thinking about returning for the 2010 gala.
  • This year, I was the official accompanist for one of the homeschool choirs in our area. It was fun, it was hard work, it was stressful, and it was a great use of my spare time. I enjoyed it like even I didn’t know I would, and I am continuing to accompany them here in the new year.
  • This year, I celebrated the end of the year at a party at our friends’ house,* with my family, rather than sitting quietly in our own living room, sipping bubbly cider. It’s the first time we’ve ever been invited to a New Year’s Eve Party, and remembering the excellent time had by all, I can only hope it won’t be the last.

All in all, I am pretty happy with 2009. There are some changes I would make, there are some resolutions I’ve made for this year. But there’s no use crying over spilled milk – although I may have done things differently, I can’t change the past, so I’m going to smile at the future. 🙂

To the new year, readers! Tempus fugit! Let’s use our time wisely this year, shall we?

*Bartoast, Inc.

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3 thoughts on “20:20 Hindsight

  1. Nice subtle reference to Eshet Chayil, montecristo. Smiling at the future [yom acharon], “cheerfully awaiting the last days” and using our time wisely, “not eating the bread of idleness…” =) Well done on an excellent post and best wishes for an incredible year ahead! I love you!

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