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A Year in Review

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Happy New Year’s Eve from the Philippines!

It’s that time of year again, a time to reflect on the year. The good and the bad, the dope and the nope, the cool and the ugly. Awesomely enough, I get to do it in the Philippines on the top of my cousin’s balcony that overlooks their province… talk about perfect. 2012 has been one hell of a year for me, and looking back at all the photos I’ve taken throughout the 365 days, there are a few words that come to mind: leadership, adventure, and learning.

I think of leadership because I lived an extremely active school life. The first half of my year consisted of president positions in two clubs, shooting photos for the upcoming yearbook, and final decisions on college. But looking back, I definitely bit more than I could chew. Coming into college, I wanted to slow down and stay away from such positions. Ironically though, this fall semester might’ve been the most stressful time I’ve had all year. I was still busy from adjusting to college work loads to employment to breaking to social life. I couldn’t imagine what it would’ve been like if I wanted to be part of organizations that involved leadership roles.

Adventure comes to mind because my year was just that: an adventure. From the late night hangouts to concerts to prom, my final semester of high school was a blast. But I also cannot forget summer and the college semester afterwards. Words cannot fathom the fun I’ve had in these two moments, so I’ll sum it up in four words: It was the shit.

Probably the most important word out of the three, I have definitely learned a lot this year. From being in a relationship to being out of it; from the transition of high school into college; From losing old friends to meeting new ones. 2012 has been a roller coaster for me. There are decisions that I regret and there are moments that I am not proud of, but I’ve learned that it is a cycle that will continue to live with me for the rest of my life, the cycle of experiencing good times and bad times.

I tried my best to condense this as much as possible. I didn’t want to sound like I was rambling. I was hoping to write this review a little earlier, but the Philippines has been nonstop fun.

Some favorites of the year:

My favorite album this year would have to be Foster the People’s “Torches”. Had it on repeat all year. I was actually playing it as I wrote this.

Word(s) of the year would have to be “Hell yea”

Beverage of the year would be coffee, which will probably still be at the top of the list for many years to come, and as long as I’m still in college.

Quotes of the year:

“We’re here to support each other. The people that you surround yourself with, should be supportive of you. And the one closest to you, should be your rock. If they aren’t pushing you to be better, then they’re just bringing you down. Those negative people in your life will add up and weigh you down, eventually.” – Bobbi Vie

“Whatever you do, make sure you are doing it with 100% truth. Only then will you be in touch with yourself.”

And finally, here are some photos that highlight my year. I tried my best to put them in chronological order. Also, just some notes before viewing: These are only SOME highlights, this doesn’t include my Philippines trip, which is probably one of the best moments I’ve has this year, and most importantly, these are just HIGHLIGHTS of my year, some big moments, some small. And although the big moments do matter to me, it is the little things that have made this year an amazing year. From writing letters to 4oclock conversations to random adventures, those are the moments I will look back at and smile at the most.

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Until next year,

Mark

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