A couple of years ago my friend found a Buzzfeed list of questions to ask yourself at the end of each year, and they were quite good so I incorporated them into that year’s New Year party. Since then I’ve done a bit of reflecting on them myself, so here’s this year’s contribution.
What did you do in 2017 that you were proud of?
Wrote and published a book.
Whom did you meet this year who inspired you?
June Eric-Udorie. She’s so young and so accomplished, has heaps of energy and uses it in the best possible ways.
What did you read that you think bettered you?
Confessions by Jaume Cabré. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say it completely changed my relationship with writing.
What song defined this year for you?
Renaud – Toujours Debout
What were some fears that you had at the beginning of the year that you overcame?
There was one, actually, but I’m not going to discuss it on my blog because it’s quite a private thing, and even bloggers have private lives. It’s something I’m going to have to do next year, which previously I was dreading but I’ve done a complete 180 and now I’m actually looking forward to it.
What is your favourite photo that you took this year?
I think probably this one; one of the first on my new iPhone.
In which place did you feel true joy in 2017?
In my house. Specifically, the living room. It was a week or so ago and the doctors had said I was finally allowed to sing opera again, so I did. I sang Bach’s Ave Maria and when I hit the top note (“Nunc, et in ho-RAAAAAA”) it made me so happy I almost cried.
My singing teacher once said I reminded him of this soprano when I sing and I will never let him forget it because it’s probably the greatest compliment I’ve ever received.
What was your biggest regret of 2017?
About two days after I’d had the cat put to sleep, I was missing her hugely and was hit by a wave of regret. I wished I’d given myself a little while longer with her; wished I’d continued paying extortionate vets’ fees for a bit more time just on the very unlikely offchance they’d have been able to do something more for her. A couple of days after that I came to my senses again and realised that wouldn’t have been fair on either of us, but that patch of regret was pretty awful.
Following this excellent idea from Adam J. Kurtz, I present my three greatest achievements of 2017:
I’ll be interested to see what next year’s answers look like.
I’d love to read your answers to these; if you blog them, add a link in the comments below so I can see them!