It’s hard to weight and appreciate the good things in your life especially when you know some of the best things happen without reason and when you have no expectations. In this case, for my 2016, I had few expectations and some of them became real, but not all.
As a disclaimer, I want to say that I don’t know why I chose to write this down in English, it just felt right for me to do so or it’s just a little practice. Maybe it sounds better in English. This post is about all the things that made my 2016 to be the best year in my life until now because I feel I accomplished a lot and I hope I’ll do much more in 2017. First of all, when I embraced the first day of January this year, I stepped in with my left foot. Looking back, I can see I was really down when it comes to psychic state because I wanted so much to get back together with my ex, but this story is not about this, it’s about how a lot of things happen and how at this moment I feel I’ve achieved so much.
It is very hard to make a resolution list without bragging yourself, but this is not about bragging, this is about how I feel about this 2016. One of my many wishes was to go to Istanbul and this dream came true in the last days of February without planning it in advance. This city of Turkey has something special that makes you love it even before you get to know it and I really loved spending some days there with some of my friends.
About my second reason 2016 was the greatest year until now, I have to say that I craved for it since my birthday in 2015, but back then I’ve decided to jump from a plane instead of buying a dog and raise it. This happen also at the beginning of February when I bought an Akita Inu cub and named it Thor. This fur ball was a really pain in the ass in the first weeks because it peed into my apartment every time when I wanted to get it outside, but even though, I loved it. I wish I could’ve kept it with me in Bucharest, but changing my job and it becoming bigger and bigger every day forced me to take it to my parents in the country side where is plenty of free space for it to play at will. Now, each time I go home I let it jump on me with the feet while I put my arms around it full of joy.
At the beginning of this article I mentioned about an ex-girlfriend I wanted really bad to make up again with her. This wish became real and made me very happy, but things were not made to overcome the test of time. So, at this moment we’re apart one of each other and I believe this happen just how it was supposed to be. Yeah, I feel sorry, but I also appreciate we had some very nice moments together. It’s not the end of time and I’m looking forward for new beginnings in search for happiness.
Talking about achievements I cannot stand without mentioning that I had no plan of changing my job. I also did this thing. It simply happened: one day my phone rang and I scheduled and interview with one of the biggest IT companies in Romania and the next day I was like hired. I didn’t see that coming but I’m glad I did this change in my life. It helped me pay my bills and assured some material stuff without making me worry about how’s going to be the next day. Also, this helped me buy another car which was another nice and unplanned thing.
Going to the next thing that I’ve crossed out from by bucket list, I have to talk about a mini-micro festival in my home village where I managed to gather in the same place twenty something friends and made them pay for the weekend. #UrzicaFEST, named after the small village I lived in, wasn’t very fancy, but music, food and fun were included while they slept in the middle of the nature in tents. I feel this is one of the biggest achievements of this year because I was asked by my friends to organize it again next year. Making them happy is worth losing my time.
Last year the government of Romania issued a law which stated that all the people working in IT industry are allowed not to pay the VAT tax to the state, but I was not eligible for this until this year and I’m very happy that I managed to take this out on my mind too. Maybe it does not seem to be such a very big thing, but for me it matters a lot.
At this moment, looking back to what this year has meant for me, I realize that I’ve done much more than I expected from myself. It may look I am a narcissistic man, but tell me who’s not thinking about their person being the most important?
In the beginning of this article I was talking about a girl in my life. Back in January we were still apart, but somehow we managed to get back together and consumed our unusual relationship until October. We even discovered a beautiful city outside Romania’s southern border which is not so distant from Bucharest. Veliko Tarnavo has offered us great memories and added value to our time spent over there. This is how things happened and I’m not looking for any explanations. As for the relationship expectations, I have none. I’ll just let the things be, to follow their natural course.
I even managed to continue last year’s adventure #oriundemaduc, this time with a friend and also outside Romania’s border. In this one week of hitchhiking we met on the road some really great men, we forged new memories, we saw old friends and we visited Budapest and Vienna.
Getting outside of Romania is not everything. I also gathered some friends together and spent an entire day rafting on Jiu river. It was fun and a little bit unconventional because we do not go very often outside our daily routine and we do not know much more about life outside the job from the corporation we work for. In the future I intend to change this in my life. Some words are ringing very loud in my head right now: “do as much as you can as fast as you can” and I really want to make some changes about the way I live and consume my days.
In April when I changed my job I also started some courses for a new driving license category. It was out of my comfort zone and I felt like I’m really doing something for myself. I didn’t need to know how to drive a motorcycle but in mid-November when I saw the new driving license in my hands it was like I was getting a new present in a Christmas day. It was not a big thing, but I was proud I finally got it.
Time is a resource that we can’t get back after it passes and because of this I want do add value to and to get the best of it by doing a lot of things, many of them unconventional. This is why I chose to go to some public speaking event a friend was talking about in previous months. It was not a bad idea and I really liked to see how normal people overcome their fear of speaking in front of a very large public without worrying about how they are seen and analyzed. It made me want to do more with my life. At the end of this event I even was a lucky bastard and won a dancing course.
Previous to that I knew I had two left feet and dancing was not an option. If someone was saying that I will go to dancing classes I would’ve said back to him that he’s crazy and I will never-ever dance in my life and this would’ve been a very big lie because right now I really enjoy moving forward and backwards in Argentinian tango steps.
The year is not over yet and at this moment and I look forward to learn how to get down on a slope with a snowboard. I hope and wish that 2017 will be even greater than 2016. In my pursuit of happiness I want to discover new passions, to take care of the relationships with my friends and to be a better man at the end of it.