It’s the end of the year and I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by. Every year seems to fly by faster than the year before. Yet, I find myself year after year making the same resolutions, convinced that this will be the year I follow through with them. I’m sure everyone experiences the same thoughts of disappointment, well those of us with unaccomplished resolutions, anyway. I’m currently riding the Shinkansen, bullet train, back to Tokyo. I spent the weekend in Kanazawa with my friend. I would like to take a few moments to reflect on 2017 while looking ahead to 2018.
This year I experienced many milestones. I traveled, I reunited with old friends, I turned 30, Imoved half way across the world to teach English, I conquered Mount Fuji, and I decided to tackle a new language. Not all things this past year were spectacular, either. I unexpectedly lost a very close friend of mine, whose death is something I have yet to cope with or even fully grasp. I put my best foot forward and dated as much as possible, but still came up a bit short in that department.
So what are my goals for 2018? Study, study, and study some more. Japanese kicked my butt this year. The learning process has been slow and unforgiving. This year, I’ve set a high goal of passing the JLPT N2 exam, and I really need to drastically increase my study skills if I have any hope of achieving that. My second goal is to make more Japanese friends. I have some great friends here in Tokyo, but I definitely need more people to communicate with that speak my target language. I need to assimilate myself more into Japanese if I’m going to make any progress this year with my abilities.
Tonight will be only the second New Year’s Eve I’ve spent without my family, the first being when I lived in France. I’m going to the Latin nightclub with my Dominican friend and we will dance the year away. I’m looking forward to ringing in the new year in the best way I know how: dancing the night away.
Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to a prosperous 2018!