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August 18th, 2006

(no subject) [Aug. 18th, 2006|01:21 am]
John Taylor
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[music |David Arkenstone - The Cello's Song]

So much has happened in the past year! This time in '05 I had just moved into a house in Boulder with some sketchy guys (whom I <3 very much) and learning the ropes of being a responsible steward of a house. And now I stand on the brink of my 20th birthday, looking back at the previous 20 years. It's been a long time getting here, but time seems to slide by at an accelerated rate at this point in my life.

A year in review:

I've stuck by my policy of no-drinking. I've tasted a few things here and there and still make no secret of the fact that I don't really like the taste of alcohol, although I don't mind if others drink in my presence.

I met, bonded, and formed a family with my roommates and our extended group of friends.

I met and fell in love with a girl, whom I'm still quite in love with :).

I started learning systema, a Russian style of martial arts.

I built a forge capable of melting copper and aluminum, for casting and forging jewelry, ornaments, and blades from.

I started receiving acupuncture treatments from someone I met in systema.

I became an English major.

I took a first level reiki class.

I became totally hooked on Panic At The Disco and saw them in concert twice.

I worked for iD Tech as a curriculum developer, and also as a camp counselor for a second year, as Lead Instructor teaching video game design.

I made new friends, severed ties with old ones, and strengthened already existing bonds.

I went to Georgia twice to visit family and visited California twice for iD Tech.

I introduced a friend to LiveJournal and he started his own; I've always valued his input on my postings and enjoyed reading his own thoughts.

I was in my first car crash ever, though thankfully no one was hurt.

I went to my first 'rave' ever. The Facebook pictures show the details.

I tried making essential oils and learned much about engineering in the process

I spent 120 hours on the game Oblivion in just 7 days.

I drooled over Advent Children.

I dreamed of the future and strengthened my beliefs.

A year is truly such a short time when you stop to measure it. So much has happened - I'm no longer the same person I was last year. Even to measure on a daily basis, I'm no longer the same person going to bed that I was when I woke up in the morning. But to look back over the course of a year is to see truly radical change in one's self. Twenty years down. Eighty lie ahead.

For the future, I intend to study and become proficient at (but not limited to the following):

Two other forms of martial arts
Chinese Medicine
Trivia knowledge
Language (five fluently)
3D animation
Music, learning at least two instruments

I would not be the person I am without each and every one of you. I truly mean it when I say I couldn't have made it this far without you. I've earned your respects, your hatreds, your confidence and trust, your friendships (and enmities), and so much more. Thank you for shaping me into the person I've become. I've done so much, and I've only just begun. And so, a tip of the hat to the past, and a toast to the future. I'll give it my best shot.
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