Right, guys. You know the drill. Year. Review. Now. Go!
# What did you do in 2018 that you’ve never done before?
I kept a journal pretty consistently for the whole year, writing something almost every day. I don’t know if it will last, but I’m going to ride this wave for as long as it will take me. Oh, and I went to a pole dancing class. Not really my discipline; may try again later.
# Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make resolutions but seem to have thought that eating less cheese would be a good idea. I did not follow through. Obviously.
I also set myself the challenge of, well, setting myself challenges: a monthly Thing that I will attempt to do Every Day – hence my above-mentioned journalling habit. I had good months and bad ones; no other habit stuck, and some months I had to admit defeat and say I’m just too tired to even think of a challenge. I would like to continue with this idea in some form, though – learning from the difficulties I had and leveraging the perseverance I’ve found in journalling.
# Did anyone close to you give birth?
Does it count if a friend’s wife did? I mean, I assume she did. I haven’t heard from him recently and I don’t dare ask.
# Did anyone close to you die?
I’ll quote myself from last year: no funerals to attend.
# What countries did you visit?
I was going to say none, but actually there was a quick work daytrip to Estonia.
# What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?
Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. And to enable sleep, a new place to live (one without traffic noise and draughts, if you please). I would also like a dynamic workstation (at work) and more time for hobbies, but I’d settle for sleep.
# What dates from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I started in a new job on 9 April. Definitely not relevant long-term, but I may learn to remember it, considering how every recruitment website requires exact dates for everything these days.
# What’s your biggest achievement of the year?
I got a job? I didn’t apply for it, so it doesn’t really feel like an achievement, but it was the biggest change in my life this year. I also learnt a fair bit of Japanese and got back to some circus things, both of which feel more like achievements.
# What was your biggest failure?
Having a job is very tiring, it turns out. I have not been sociable at all. Also, I’m no closer to figuring out what I want to be when I grow up, and didn’t finish a couple of career-related things that I definitely should have.
# Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing out of the ordinary. Hurt my wrist against an aerial hoop, which was a bummer. Had an achy finger because my hands keep growing little calcium (?) balls in odd places.
# What’s the best thing you bought?
I moved house so had to buy loads of stuff. Also my laptop died and needed to be replaced. And I needed work clothes, and shoes, plus having some money meant that I could solve problems by buying this that and the other. A rather consumeristic year, now that I think of it. Maybe that’s why nothing stands out. Oddly, I’m getting most joy out of a lit paper star I got myself for xmas. And my wake-up light with radio! Beats an angry alarm clock any day.
# Whose behaviour merited celebration?
I can’t remember any individual making an impression, apart from a dead president’s wife. Let’s say women and environmentalists. We finally have a female Doctor Who, so clearly it’s a big year for womankind.
# Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
So much intolerance, so much Earth abuse. I try not to read the news too much.
# Where did most of your money go?
Rent. Living alone in the capital city, there’s only one answer to this question, ever.
# What did you get really, really excited about?
Learning Japanese and getting back to aerial rope. Possibly the other way round.
# What song will always remind you of 2018?
Music has played very little role in my life this year. Maybe the folk song we rehearsed and will perform (next year) with some friends? I don’t know.
# Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? Richer or poorer? Thinner or fatter?
- Not sure whether I’m sad or SAD. Ask me again in February.
- Definitely richer. A job can work wonders on one’s bank balance.
- Generally slightly thinner (regular lunch times ftw); currently carrying festive bulk.
# What do you wish you’d done more of?
Acrobatics of all kinds, stretching, SLEEP.
# What do you wish you’d done less of?
Sitting in a terrible chair in front of a computer, but that’s work for you.
# How did you spend Christmas?
At Mum’s, also featuring my brother. Much cramps, many eating, lots of sauna.
# Did you fall in love in 2018?
Nah. I briefly toyed with the idea of having an unrequited crush, then realised it was too much bother.
# What was your favourite TV program?
Masterchef Australia kinda let me down in the end. Doctor Who wasn’t funny enough. But I loved The Good Place, thought ITV’s Vanity Fair had its moments, and rather enjoyed American Ninja Warrior. Plus GP figure skating. And some Terrace House for language learning.
# Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Not that I can think of.
# What was the best book you read?
I didn’t read as much as I had hoped, but in keeping with the Japanese theme, my favourite was Minna Eväsoja with Melkein geisha [Almost a Geisha].
# What was your greatest musical discovery?
I like waking up to classical music on the radio. Who’d’ve thunk it.
# What did you want and get?
A job and a place to live.
# What did you want and not get?
A nice place to live.
# What was your favourite film of this year?
The Death of Stalin. Also enjoyed the animated Spider-Man.
# What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Led and catered a work meeting in the morning; had patisserie and tea with a friend after work. It was a big number, which inspired family to gift me with a big airline voucher, which Mum had sneaked into my flat while I was at work.
# What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A warm, quiet flat. Plus own washing machine. Or even just the washing machine.
# How would you describe your personal fashion concept for 2018?
FiveFingers and anything that’s clean and vaguely office-appropriate.
# What kept you sane?
Rope. Weekends at Mum’s (so quiet, so warm).
# What celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I like watching people who can do amazing things (see above, ninja warriors and figure skaters), so had I fancied anyone, it would have been in that realm.
# What political issue stirred you the most?
Out of all the shite in the world, Brexit is the trainwreck I can’t take my eyes off.
# Who did you miss?
Distant friends who were going through rough times and my brother who moved away.
# Who was the best new person you met?
In the summer, a study buddy in Japanese class, and then some lovely circus peeps. People at work are also mostly nice.
# Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018.
When renting a flat, always check the noise levels before agreeing to anything.
And there you have it. Took me long enough. 2018 was the year that lasted for at least four and had ambitions to become a decade. I’m hoping the next one will be more reasonable.