Today is my birthday. And, like most years, nothing expressly exciting is going to happen.
This year, I turned 29. At our Thanksgiving feast yesterday, we were recalling highlights of the year, which was interesting and I hope becomes a tradition. It also bids me to look at my year that has gone past.
A bit over a year ago, I loaded my junk into my dad’s truck and drove away from North Dakota. I still maintain this was a good move, although at times, I do miss Minot. I was really comfortable there, I knew the people and how the place worked.
But now I have the chance to love Colorado. Every morning, when I walk out my door, there is this mountain that somehow, always looks different. Now in the winter, as I leave before the sun rises, I see not the mountains, but the stars: closer and crystal clear than ever. I’ve taken an opportunity or two to drive through the mountains, to camp at a place here and there, and, in general to appreciate the beauty. I have place in my heart for this.
I occasionally miss where I worked. 4 years in one job is a lot. Instead, this last year, I’ve worked 4ish jobs, if you want to count some of my little side things as actual employment. I ain’t getting a W2 from them, tho. Two place I worked will give me government confirmation: A subway near by, where I am convinced my employment was an answer to my manager’s prayers for the month and a half I was there, at least, and my current job.
My current job has me listening in on half of a phone call, captioning what I can hear for my clients who are hard of hearing. It is occasionally interesting, but mostly, I really like the company around the job itself. A good set up for someone who occasionally likes to be alone. Really cool company, but I have no idea how long I plan to be here.
I am also a Dungeon Master for a local game store. Its not quite real employment, as I, well, don’t get paid, but I spend 2-3 hours a week sharing one of my richest pleasures and I think I’m getting pretty good at it. Not enough to turn my hobby into a full time, rent paying occupation, but I’m honing my abilities and trending upwards.
And, speaking of hobbies turned occupation, I spent a few months this year laboring as a full time, self-employed cartoonist. I learned a lot about myself, such as that buffers can be a thing that happens but my work tends to occur when it is needed now-ish, that I can tell good stories and have moments of good art, and, most importantly, that I am not ready to be a cartoonist. I don’t have the audience I need to make it happen.
Speaking of lack of audience, I’ve put a bit of effort this last month or two making this blog start to do things. Saturdays tend to have a D&D based article of some kind, and my Star Trek Articles have been popping up and will hopefully keep doing so. And who knows what other trouble I can get up to on here?
But in the course of the last year, what have I really done, will any of it last? Probably not. I made some memories with people, I was able to attend plays and graduations and recitals, I was able to have conversations that I’d missed in my 6 years of living away from home.
I still have a lot I want to accomplish in life and, looking back, it seems like 2017, or rather Year 28, didn’t accomplish much, but I think it was a year worth having and living through.
This next year, I hope to develop some skills: animation and video editing, adventure writing and running new game systems, telling stories in all sorts of new ways. I also hope to beat my debt down a little and would not mind finding a place of my own so my dad can have his office back (and I can go back to having my super cold residence.) I need to get on top of my car, make some cosplay, go to some conventions, and try to enjoy what I have in front of me. Who knows, some of this might happen.
So happy birthday to me.
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