It’s been an interesting year. Whoever coined the phrase, “May you live in interesting times” probably could not have foreseen 2017. We are, indeed, living in interesting times and I’m sure the next few years will be just as interesting, if not more so.
But now to summarize the year I had. It was interesting but mostly in a good way. I managed to keep most of my ranting confined to my private journal though I did make public some of my commentary on Mankind’s War on Nature.
Throughout the year I supported my grandchildren’s various activities. I worked in the concession stand with my son to support the marching band and drove my granddaughter to Sayaw FilipinOH practices and performances.. My wife and I hosted a graduation party for my eldest grandson. They’re growing up so quickly. I still vividly recall holding them has babies.
I found myself becoming more involved in the local Filipino community, attending numerous events and being asked to assist in administering social media and web platforms for a couple of Filipino and Asian groups. I’ll be getting more involved in those things in the coming year. I’m going to have to learn Tagalog. I think it’s going to be an essential skill.
This year I attended my 45th high school reunion. It was a low-key affair and since the class 60th birthday bash three years ago, we’ve been getting together annually. I think I attended three weddings but, thankfully, no funerals.
I did more reading this year on my Kindle, ebooks, online magazines, and actual paper books. Topics were diverse and included BASH scripting, quantum physics, naturist fiction, yoga and spirituality, British history, witchcraft in New England, the Children’s Blizzard, lucid dreaming, and Harry Potter.
I’ve been viewing an eclectic mix of stuff on YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. I’ve watched a lot of documentaries on a myriad of subjects and I’ve binge-watched a few series although there were a few series that I watched for a while and stopped watching for various reasons. A lot of those that I stopped viewing were starting to bore me with the same old story lines, characters stopped developing, or the plots were just getting too incredulous or predictable. I’ve almost completely stopped watching a lot of talk and news shows because I was getting tired of hearing the same basic rants. Generally, I don’t place much value in simply being entertained, I like learning stuff.
What about 2018? I’ll continue to pursue the elusive lucid dream. I find it interesting and I see in it a lot of potential for personal growth. I’m interested in exploring my shadow and seeing what’s there. If I’m to believe all the self-help gurus out there, then I’ve been missing out on a lot damage and trauma. Even if I’m not there are still a lot of mysteries lying around in my unconscious that need looking into.