When I look back at the past year, I am amazed. So much in my life is different from how it was a year ago, and so much is different than what I thought it would look like. However, if I had the chance to go back and tell my last-year-self how it is now, I definitely would not. I am the person I am today because of everything I experienced this year, and I am more than grateful for that.
I hope I can look back and remember moments like driving and seeing the mountains fade to purple. Small moments like that are overlooked and should be both appreciated and remembered as life can't be all huge events and occasions. Here's a look back at my 2012, a year filled with both big events and moments that I will remember for the fact that they were small and not so momentous.
My view at midnight last year. Read here about my resolution for 2012, and go here to see how well I did on it. Whoops. I tried. Technical difficulties got in the way.
Lanikai Beach, Oahu
Hanauma Bay, Oahu.
It was here where I got the email that said I was accepted into American University.
Sunset from Waikiki
Amy and I at some vineyard in Missouri.
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Prom. This picture pretty much sums it up for me.
Graduation. Goodbye high school.
I am now a Mac. Thank goodness for that.
Carnival Freedom. Boats sometimes run into technical difficulties too.
Key West, FL
Key West, FL
Me and Copernico the Dolphin. Cayman Islands
Grand Cayman as seen from the boat.
Got to see Mat Kearney in concert again.
Train was there as well.
Diamondbacks game. First baseball game in a few years.
Amy graduated college and I got to be there to watch, Fulton, Missouri. More coming on this soon.
St. Louis Arch, St. Louis, Missouri.
Mormon Temple for lights, Mesa, Arizona.
San Francisco! More coming on this soon.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California.
Union Square, San Francisco. View from my table at my last meal of the year.
And bringing it full circle, my view this year at midnight on New Year's.