Where did the year go? It feels like 2010 just started, but already it’s over. Normally I don’t do the year-long reflection thing. Then I started thinking about 2010. How things have changed, but I still feel like the same person. Like that saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Or something like that.
My travels for 2010 were not grand. I didn’t go backpacking around the world. I only left the country once, but I consider 2010 a pretty good year for travel – for myself at least. A few years ago I would’ve been content to just stay around home. No more.
I went to Toronto for the first time in January, and indulged in my Rent obsession. I took a few road trips down to Calgary. I went to Banff for the first time in my life. I visited family around Alberta and Saskatchewan. Plus I did a pretty impromptu (for me) solo trip to New York Citin June, where I indulged in my love for musicals.
The big thing for me this year was that I went back to school. I love learning, and I like being in a school environment. I tried to keep a full-time work a schedule, but next year Ill be focusing more on school. Student loans, and debt freak me out. I hate owing people money, and I hate having people owe me money. I know I can’t work full-time, go to school full-time, and still keep up academically, so I’ve cut back my hours at work. I might owe the Canadian government $20000 by the end of my schooling, but it’ll be worth it. For me education always is. Worse case scenario I hear people pay good money for a kidney…. right?
I’m still have plans to travel next year. Two destinations for 2011 are Mexico in May (as long as I can get the funds together) and Vancouver in June. I’ve also been thinking about other travel options, like studying abroad. I’m in a professional writing course, so I want to find a travel program that focuses on writing. My last year of school is an internship, and that can be done anywhere in the world. So I could use that as an option.
What I’m really getting at…. 2011 is a blank slate. Anything is possible. It’s terrifying and exhilarating. It’s life, and it’s time to live it up.