After bringing you all kinds of fail yesterday – I promised you a balancing of the force, so today I leave you with a few bright spots of 2012. And before I lay them out – I’d like you to take a moment and reflect upon your own 2012.
What did you win at during this crazy year? If it’s huge, rock on! Even if it is small – you still in my book should give yourself a pat on the back and celebrate the fact that you’re still here, fighting the power. We had Sandy, tornadoes, Tsunamis, Snowmageddon, and all kinds of other insanity occur this year. If you still have a roof over your head and/or you’re still breathing, I’m here to tell you that you’re doing a good job, and I hope for all of us we have an even BETTER 2013! Remember, to the Mayans, 2013+ is all just gravy anyway!
What I rocked in 2012:
1. I finished law school – beat the dead horse on this one too – or at least it feels that way, since I’ve got a book coming out on the topic. Right now, I won’t bore you with the details.
2. I took on extra work at work – I took pharmacy law on a little earlier than I had planned, and I think did a decent job with it (that content is NOT easy to teach), and I also took on a job share with another that was completely unexpected. In 2013, I’ll have a different role moving forward. While “rocked it” isn’t the right term here, a good one is “survived,” as there was a lot on my plate here, but I tried my best, and that’s really all any of us can do, especially with unexpected situations.
3. I helped some college students become first-time authors – nothing is cooler in my book as a teacher than watching the students become teachers themselves, especially in project-based learning. One way to do this is through writing and publishing. This interdisciplinary project was one of the coolest of my teaching career thus far, and it was a blast to work with a great cadre of younger authors.
4. I went to 4 countries in 10 days in the EU – Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg – I toured a big chunk of Europe this summer after the bar exam, and I still dream of some of the food and wine I experienced in the Alsace region. I’m still not sure what some of the French put in their sauces, but every time I want to lick the plate clean.
As for Germany, I had meat with a side of meat there (they love their meat), and Luxembourg had the oddest bathroom of a B&B that I’ve ever witnessed (I’ll spare you the details – it would take a book to describe that odd little space.) They have good mushroom soup, though.
Those really are the hi-lights. I’m not going to push my luck for 2012. Really. Survival was a good thing this year, if nothing else.
Here’s to a far, far better 2013 for all of us. I think after getting through 2012, we deserve it!!!!