When I reviewed the year 2014 I said it was a bad year and I was happy to see it go. Little did I know that it would not be long into 2015 before I was longing for the days of 2014.
A couple of bad things happened to me in 2014. I had a falling out with a couple of friends which was terrible. I broke up with my girlfriend, whom I was quite fond of and the reasons for that breakup are still not entirely clear to me almost 2 years later. Those two things by themselves were enough to make for a bad year but they were nothing compared to 2015.
In my opinion, there are two ways to decide if a year was good or bad. The first is to count up all of the good things that happened and all of the bad things that happened and which ever side has more wins. I don’t like this method because it assumes that all events are created equal which they are not.
I prefer the second method which is to compare the good things and the bad on an order of magnitude. If a hundred small things go well and one giant thing goes horrible it might be enough to balance things out but then again it might not. There’s a little bit more of a judgement call involved in this method but I still find it to be the better one.
So by that standard 2015 was a truly terrible year for me. I won’t list everything that happened this year but hit on a few key points and you can decide for yourself whether or not I am correct in my assessment.
A couple of good things that happened. One of the friendships that was damaged in 2014 was restored in 2015. While this was definitely a good thing and we tried to make up for lost time, it was aided in part by a near tragety. The ice began to thaw after my friend’s mother suffered a medical emergency. If that had not happened, who knows if he would have been receptive when I attempted to reach out to him? Furthermore, who knows if I would have reached out at all? Regardless of motive and opportunity, it all worked out for the best and I’m happy to say that his mother is doing quite well. Now if things with his brother and I could be repaired we would be back to normal but that has proven to be a more difficult nut to crack.
The other good thing to happen is that my parent’s celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. The importance of their 40th anniversary will be made clear later but for now we’ll just say it was a major milestone. We had a nice party for them at the park, a lot of people came and they both seemed to enjoy themselves.
On a lesser note I am going to list this website as a good thing. I had a lot of fun writing on my website in 2014 right up until the time when I stopped having fun. I hit a nice groove of posting and I think combining several websites in to a single project was the best thing I could have done. I did it for financial reasons more than any but it was still a good idea.
There were other small things that happened but coming up with a list of them is not easy. Besides, I’m not sure that finding a book on sale that I wanted to read is necessarily something that can be called a highlight of my year even if it was cool at the time and even if the book turned out to be one of my favorite reads.
I think I’ll go to a second page before I depress the hell out of you so if you don’t want to be depressed, you can stop reading here and pretend that my year was better than I thought and that I’m just being overly dramatic. For the rest of you brave souls, you can advance onward.