Another year, another typical recap. Facebook is filled with them. Many people are happy to get the year behind them with a fresh year in their grasp, and others wish to hold onto the year forever. Few people are equally content with the memories of the old year and happy for another year to unfold. As for me? I am one of the few that are equally content with 2012 ending, and 2013 beginning.
It’s time to take a look back into my 2012 by breaking it down by month (the easiest & niftiest way IMO):
January – was a typical January month for me, wishing it would hurry up and end to be one month closer to the Spring months. I spent all of my time at the fire station & volunteering for the local ambulance company running fire and medical calls with all the other young guys. It was a great time with tons of memories and shenanigans. I miss it more than anything. This was also the month/year of my first interior attack in a residential house fire. Dream come true for this fire fighter! It was the month I was most active ever in the fire and EMS world, and was also the last month I’d have with both for the most part, sadly. Month number one = great start to the year!
February – Again, just wishing for the month to be over with thinking that if I escape this month, it’s basically spring and less of a chance of becoming sick! At this point I’m still heavily into the fire dept and with EMS a bit, but dwindling down with a work schedule. This month was quite honestly boring. I don’t recall any complaints, so ill give month numéro deux an average. 2/12 good so far. 2012 is golden at the point!
March – Finally! There’s hope into seeing sunshine again! At this point I was getting excited for my upcoming birthday in a month, and anticipating my seasonal summer job, while getting annoyed at my current job, as usual. Another boring month, still was very active volunteering and hanging out with the guys, and still working. Nothing grand enough or horrible enough for me to remember, so yet again, I rate this month, the third of twelve, an average.
April – This is it! This is the big one! The greatest month and moments of 2012! Let life and the good times begin….NOW! Happy birthday to me!!! Birthday month is always good just for the fact that it’s your birthday! Who can deny that!? That’s been that way since birth. Plus, the day of my birthday, I fought another fire interiorly. Swell timing! (The irony of that house fire was a Happy Birthday helium balloon floating around the burnt house). This one was also more special because it was a milestone birthday for me. All other milestone birthdays were never celebrated differently or specially from all others, but this one certainly was! I had two phenomenal birthday parties, especially the one planned out by my good friend, and with my sister’s assistance. The very best part out of the party was meeting, who now is, my boyfriend. It was planned out that we would meet for months by our friend. Was destiny in the making that our friend foresaw months in advance. Not only was that the highlight of the month, but of the year! He will also be the highlight to 2013, I’m sure. April also marked the starting process of my summer job, which I was excited about because I knew I’d be making more than double the money than I did at my other job. This was certainly the greatest of all months, the fact that it was greatly, unseasonably sunny numerous days just made it all complete! MAJOR two thumbs up for month four!!!!
May – now we are talking! Bring on the soon start to summer and start to my new job this month. At the time, I was thrilled to be at my summer job and meeting new people, and seeing my friends from last season. May continued to be great because I was constantly going out to places after work and living life, having fun finally for the first year of my life. I was also always in good spirits because I was making progress towards a promising relationship/commitment. May was almost as great as the previous month. Another high ranking for month five!
June – Sadly, this is where things slowly start to decline but at least has positives still. At this point, I’ve been easily won over & officially in an amazing relationship now. THAT is a definite positive in this month right at the very beginning of it; the later weeks is where it starts to go kaput. Why? Because my seasonal job starts to send me in a tizzy. Working with teenagers and managers that simply don’t care gets to be draining on a person that’s extremely dedicated to working well and doing things correctly/safely. Things didn’t start to get terrible at this point, and even if they did, nothing would be bad enough to over power the big positive of this month, so again, another successful month of 2012. Half way through the year is all positive, so at this point, at least 50% was good, so I cannot possibly say this was souly a bad year.
July – this is always my black cloud month. It always ends up bad for one reason or another. At this point, I was beyond fed up with my job mentally, and the phrase “worked to death” was almost used in a literal sense because of the slavery that was my job. It’s going to be hard to say this was a bad month since I am such an optimist, so lets explore those positives. Again, my relationship is running smoothly, & better than I could’ve ever dreamt up. He was supportive and there for me through all of the ugly times this month. I also started going to a local place after “short” eight hour days at work, that was a major stress reliever with my sister for good, much needed food and drinks. Finally, at the end of the month there was some light shed after a brutal battle with my job, and was moved. The crews I was with were like night and day, and they were the day! If it wasn’t for them (& the few amazing people from my old crew & others), I would’ve left that job at the end of the year with much hatred and only bad memories. I’m not sure what to rate this month; it’s fifty-fifty. Month seven leaves me at a success rate of 6.5/12 so far I suppose.
August – I’m hating life at this point. My only concentration is to get through the month and hopeful for a vacation possibly in the upcoming month. I was nothing but over-worked and stressed to no end. Besides work, I had plenty of fun with my sister and boyfriend doing stuff like the zoo (first time for me going there), mini golf & golfing long range, (another first) & driving up the lake, where I’ve dreamt of going to again for numerous years. I cannot let work bring me down, this was a great month! 7.5/12 for number 8!
September – Yay! Another highlight of my year! FINALLY a vacation for the first time in nearly ten years! Not just a vacation, but an amazing get away to Florida with my boyfriend and our friend. I have never been so happy to see the beach in my life. Every single second of every day there was never taken for granted. I constantly sat quietly in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings always taking moments to soak in my surroundings and how grateful I was to be where I was and who I was with. I will never forget those days, ever. Time of my life, no doubt! This month was beyond phenomenal, and something I will forever remember 2012 for. Month nine = definite positive! 8.5/12!
October – What’s not to truly love about this month? Fall, Halloween, and for me, means getting paid to get costumed, made up, and scare with an amazing “family”. Granted, this month was overly cold and soggy, and I managed, as usual, finding my way back in the ER from dedicating my body to my job too much, but it still was great. I enjoyed the random warm days we had, and the final cookout had with my sister, boyfriend, and friend. So delicious and I miss them. Many high points of my year/summer were the cookouts we had! Too much fun, and enough laughter to give me six pack abs. I gladly give this month a positive ranking! I will ignore all the drama of my home life, & forget it, so #10 = Good
November – Okay, so definitely a horrible month. I was flat broke and struggling in every aspect of life. I don’t even know how I managed to get by. If it wasn’t for such strong support and care from my boyfriend, I wouldn’t have mentally/physically made it through, and I know that. Not sure how I survived working so much, including 26 hours straight on the busiest shopping day of the year. The icing to the poo month was getting hit with a $2k dental bill, & finding out, yet again, need another surgery. It amazes me how everything can go from great to absolutely devastating. I blame the lack of sunshine, even though we had a pleasant November. This is a month I’ll gladly forget about other than the fact that I could look back at it as a time where I was so low, & have been fighting hard to get back up from the fall. Because it is me, I always have at least one positive. Enjoying festivities to the start of the holiday season downtown was a great time with friends, & I was able to see Greyson Chance perform in my city! A highlight I will take from the month is the incredible time I had, again in the city, iceskating with my man. I felt unbelievably happy like never before, & grew closer to him that night. I, as well, was able to get a better-paying, nicer, second job! That’s actually something incredible, but month eleven a definite overall bad, which lowers me to 8.9/12
December – The final month. Hard for me to say it was much better. Still worked myself ragged at two jobs. Plus, the holidays are always depressing because I don’t have time to enjoy them. I became ill on Christmas Eve…No, not ill, extremely, violently sick. I haven’t been so sick in my life, & not sick other than a cold in ten years. Of course I would get sick. Joy. Luckily, I had a quick recovery and managed to spend my Christmas with my boyfriend. I am so happy I was able to spend it with him. I felt happy again, even after working myself silly (working two jobs daily until 4am) and being incredibly sick. I also was given off for New Years Eve, and spent that day with him too! I didn’t want to party or go wild, I just wanted to end one year and begin the new one contently with him. Finally, I found out I was promoted full-time at my new job! In the end, December wasn’t too swell thanks to work and a death plague, so the year ends with 8/12 average.
In the end, my year can actually be summed up as a phenomenal one that I will always remember with many new experiences. As it was made obvious, my relationship was the highlight of my year, and is the highlight of my life. I am thankful for everyone in my life in 2012 and hope everyone stays in it this year and more. I’ve been rid of a few people, but only for the better, so it’s best to forget and move forward. Thank you to everyone who has been here for me, and supportive and caring. I don’t need anything in life other than that. Life is too hard to make it by without people like the ones I have in my life.
2013 Outlook: I definitely intend my relationship to grow even further, and look forward to all the time I will be spending with him. I know I will become mentally/physically stronger and healthier too this year. I expect the craziness of my life to hopefully level out to more of a routine with work. I already am mentally prepared for a lost social life and an end to volunteering due to lack of time. I know there will be endless challenges to come that will knock me on my butt, but also know I will climb my way back up stronger than before like I always manage to do. I can’t wait to see how the year plays out, and hope all the best for myself and everyone else. Happy New Year to all!