Without a doubt, 2012 was a ride. It was the toughest, most challenging year I’ve come to experience in my 17 years of life.
While it tested not only me, but the entirety of my family emotionally, it was also a year in which I feel I learnt the most. In 2012 I lost two people who I loved very dearly. Prior to that point, I hadn’t experienced anything remotely similar to the feeling of being sunk-to-the-floor by the nature of life itself. I felt lost, like my mind was led astray into a wandering world of futility and impotence, until time became the esteemed healer that we know it to be.
"Time heals what reason cannot."
Circa April 2012, things began to look up. I realised I was beginning to look at things from a completely different perspective than before, and I felt better for it. I felt undoubtedly wiser as my mind kept trying to convince itself that a human life needs to experience sentiment like love, loss and death in order to see a bigger picture.
I marked big, personal milestones in 2012. I became Technology Editor at A New Take (www.anewtake.com) by the hands of my now-good-friend Ted Winder. I passed my final-year high school exams. I reached academic heights in which I only ever saw in visions masked before my eyes. I made close friends, courtesy of Twitter and the Internet, in the names of Ted, Adam, Lily, Shawn, Nate, Sam, Avery, Kaci and the rest of the guys of whom I love working with over at A New Take and Culture Milk. (I could talk about each and every one of you at length individually, but I’ll save that one for later.)
2013 looks set to be a big year. It will be the year I turn 18, the year I make my application to university and also the year in which I will endeavour to help those around me. Whether it be my family, friends or co-workers, I feel that helping others is one of life’s greatest pleasures: it adds value to day-to-day actions by encouraging others to achieve heights that they never thought they could.
As the title of this blog post suggests, 2013 is most definitely going to be a 2.0 for this blog and my writing. Additionally, I’m looking to resume keeping a daily journal at the courage of one of my favourite Mac and iOS apps, Day One.
I’m extremely honoured to have had the opportunities I experienced in 2012, and I’m more determined than ever to give something back to those guys who have got me where I am today. You can come to expect regular musings from me here about whatever I feel relevant at the time of writing and even more stuff in the realms of technology over at A New Take and Culture Milk.
I hope 2013 brings lots of happiness and warmth into your lives. Here’s to another year.