The Year in Review 2015

Another year gone? Already? If you say so. I wonder if I have anything to show for it…

# What did you do in 2015 that you’ve never done before?

A front somersault of sorts. And some mental health juggling.

# Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Well, there was a plan to work consistently and meditate consistently. Hahaha. But there will be new, let’s say, intentions, for 2015.

# Did anyone close to you give birth?

No, and I still haven’t met the only new arrival from the year before. Expat problems.

# Did anyone close to you die?

No, thankfully.

# What countries did you visit?

Final addition to my collection of Nordic countries: Iceland.

# What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

A bit more energy would be good. Some more income would be helpful. Better health. The Good Life, y’know?

# What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

No memorable dates whatsoever. Or a very bad memory. Or both.

# What’s your biggest achievement of the year?

Asking for help when I needed it (kicking and screaming but still)…and progressing in aerial rope.

# What was your biggest failure?

Um, actually, I’m not going to call anything a failure. It is what it is.

# Did you suffer illness or injury?

Name a body part and I’ll tell you what’s been wrong with it. (Left eye, right intercostals, left forefinger, right ankle, left elbow, and knee, and shoulder, and you get the picture. Circus hurts, as does stupidity.)

# What’s the best thing you bought?

A folding laptop table has certainly been the most used and useful, for standing/floor-sitting while working.

# Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Friends are where it’s at. Lots of nice people in the world.

# Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Have you seen the news this year?

# Where did most of your money go?

Rent. Duh.

# What did you get really, really excited about?

Aerial rope tops my list of circus-related excitement. And my excitement has mostly been circus-related.

# What song will always remind you of 2015?

“Always” is promising too much, but for example:

# Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? Richer or poorer? Thinner or fatter?

  • Hmm. Kind of happier. At least a little more balanced.
  • Probably poorer, again.
  • Roughly the same weight but slightly more muscular?

# What do you wish you’d done more of?

Relaxed and worked. Trained and rested. Ha.

# What do you wish you’d done less of?

Played minesweeper. (Seriously.)

# How did you spend Christmas?

On my own, overeating and watching telly and internetting and doing tons of laundry. It was quite nice.

# Did you fall in love in 2015?

I most certainly did not.

# What was your favourite TV program?

Apart from the same old, I watched an awful lot of history and science documentaries. I find them soothing. And Then There Were None over the holidays just now was really good until the final bit that was somehow unsatisfying, but that’s Christie, not the adaptation.

# Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Hating is so energy-consuming and I’ve had little energy.

# What was the best book you read?

The one I enjoyed the most must have been Mia Kankimäki’s Asioita jotka saavat sydämen lyömään nopeammin.
Honorary mention to Chris Hadfield’s An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.

# What was your greatest musical discovery?

I can’t remember any discoveries. Do Bach and Queen count? I thought not.

# What did you want and get?

Good circus teachers.

# What did you want and not get?

A free-standing handstand. Or a walkover. Or [insert acrobatic move].

# What was your favourite film of this year?

Inside Out, no competition.

# What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Popped in the V&A, had lunch at Timberyard, met up with a friend for a lovely chat and ice cream, went drawing in the National Portrait Gallery. A nice day.

# What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Being injury-free would have been great.

# How would you describe your personal fashion concept for 2015?

I’m now one of those people who wear skinny jeans to do aerial rope. I regret nothing.

# What kept you sane?

Who says I was sane?

# What celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

If any, I can’t remember.

# What political issue stirred you the most?

Conservatives/right-wing politicians in power scare me.

# Who did you miss?

Good teachers who went on to do other things.

# Who was the best new person you met?

Circus people are still lovely.

# Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.

Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff. Relatively speaking.

***

I imagine tonight will be much like Christmas was. Cheeeeeeeese. Happy new year!

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