I saw this shirt in the Cal campus store right before New Year’s, and I knew I had to have it. You all know how much my time at Berkeley meant to me.
This t-shirt is my New Year’s resolution. This year, I’m going to go the distance, in life, in love, with friends and family, at grad school, and perhaps even while wearing my running shoes. (We’ll see, on that last one.) I am going to do everything I can to make 2013 a better year than 2012.
I think the overarching goal here is to be present. I can’t visit my mom every week, but I can Skype with her often and be attentive (no more glancing at Facebook when we talk–sorry, mom). It means more emails to friends, making an effort to keep up with them, sending them actual cards through the mail when situations warrant it. It means working harder in school, becoming a better teacher and doing better work, hopefully culminating in a better dissertation. It means going running today, because that’s where I am now (but also eating that cookie, because that too is part of today). It means that Dortmund might not be the easiest place to be, right now, but it is where I am, and I am going to make the best of it. It means that if I meet someone special along the way, great. But if not, well, I think I’m pretty damn awesome on my own, too.
We’ll see how it goes. But for now, I’m feeling cautiously optimistic. I have to say, I kind of like this feeling.