And so the year ends. I firstly must apologise for the tardiness of my last few submissions. Not only has the year of new activities gathered momentum like a tidal wave, sucking time as it approaches, but I had in mind all sorts of spectacular endings. From shooting fireworks in front of 10,000 people (Bej, I still want to do that one day!) to getting an article published about my year. Alas, sometimes life has other plans for you!
So what has this year taught me? Has it changed me? Have I got a new life, new job, new hobby or am I just plain tired? For this entire year I have resisted the temptation to idly flick through the discovery channel and instead managed to roll off the sofa and focus my determination into chasing something ‘new’. And this is the curious truth about life. It is indeed full of amazing and new things that happen every single day and most of them could be happening just down the road! I read of a study recently that demonstrated that those who try new experiences regularly perceive more time has passed then actually has. In other words, they live life longer! And this year I can honestly attest to that! The year has blitzed past in a heartbeat yet looking back over the blog I can hardly believe this all happened in a year! There is a real satisfaction and simplicity to peeling back all preconceptions about something new and just giving it a go. Not only do you learn something new but quite often you learn a few new things about yourself, like what you are really capable of. All of a sudden, nothing in this world seems impossible. You just have to take the first step.
So yes I am plain tired at the end and no I don’t have a new job or new life, I may have a few new hobbies but one thing is for certain, I have learnt a lot more about life and can’t wait for the rest of it.
I want to thank all of you who took the time to read my adventures and post your encouragement or discouragement as the case may be. I also want to take the time to apologise for flooding your inbox with my verbal nonsense but even though you didn’t know it, you have been encouraging me all year to finish this challenge. If I have inspired even a single person to go out and do something new this year then I am a happy lad.
Thankyou and good luck with all your own adventures. The only question left for me is: What do I do next?