Even though 2020 had its challenges, it was a decent year for me. I tried to stay positive and embrace change. I met (or came very close to meeting) many of my goals. I developed some new interests, had fun, and took on some new projects. I also tried some new things and stepped out of my comfort zone.
Here are 20 good things about 2020.
- After 14 years at the same company, I finally left and started a new job in October. I’m much happier at my new job.
- I worked from home for much of the year, which wasn’t bad at all.
- I think working from home somehow contributed to me losing five pounds. It wasn’t intentional, but I’ll take it. (When the weather was nice, I’d often go for a walk around the neighborhood. Maybe that helped.)
- Working from home introduced me to the wonderful world of hot tea. The kitchen is close to my home office (aka the living room), and it became mighty convenient to make tea whenever I wanted. Coffee is essential, but an afternoon cup (or two) of tea can be a treat.
- My wife and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary in September. (Although, because of COVID-19, we didn’t get to take a big vacation to celebrate like we wanted. Will it happen in 2021?)
- My wife and I continued our annual tradition of going to the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas. (Had the festival been 1-2 weeks later, it likely would have been canceled due to COVID-19.)
- My total word count for all of my writings hit 325,000 words. I’m very proud of that. I rediscovered my love of writing about two years ago and have tracked my word count since.
- I rediscovered poetry. I wrote over 125 poems this year. I never dreamed that I would write that many, especially not in a single year.
- I read more books this year than I have in any single year. I read 22 books — all but one was nonfiction. I discovered a love for nonfiction (see #12.)
- I read Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. It’s now one of my favorite books.
- Thanks to HBO Max, I’ve gotten to watch the first six seasons of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. (I’m trying to pace myself and not devour the next six seasons.) It’s become one of my favorite TV shows.
- I watched 100 documentaries this year. (I might be addicted to documentaries.)
- I completed 24 LinkedIn Learning courses.
- I discovered an interest in photography.
- I became interested in local history and have decided that I want to explore and write more about my hometown.
- I joined the Arlington Historical Society.
- I became a Commissioner on the City of Arlington’s Landmark Preservation Commission.
- My family went on a short vacation near Lake Texoma for a couple of days. We stayed in a huge cabin with a private pond. We went kayaking and horseback riding.
- My favorite sports team — Dallas Stars — almost won the Stanley Cup championship. It was an exciting run and their best season in 20 years.
- I finally got to see one of my favorite bands in concert: Tool. Was it worth the wait? Yes.
I end 2020 feeling grateful, excited, optimistic, and peaceful. I think 2021 will be better for all of us.
Writing will continue to be significant for me in 2021, as well as exploring my hometown. I anticipate that my new interests in nonfiction, local history, and photography will begin to lead me in a new direction.
What about you? What are some positive things that happened to you this year? What’s on your radar for 2021?