What an incredible year it has been. Filled with the best of time and the worst of times. Although it is not yet over, the holidays have a way of speeding the last few months along quite effectively. This is in part why I have begun reflecting on all the crazy things that have transpired in the last year of this decade, bringing to a close a ten-year period of growth both fruitful and (at times) painful.
The most significant of these changes came about as I traded the East Coast for the West, embarking on a several-month long journey along the Northern route of the U.S. My most memorable stops were in Chicago, Mt. Rushmore, and Seattle, before culminating in a much anticipated resettlement in the San Francisco bay area. This transition has been very trying for me physically, emotionally, and mentally, but I would like to think that I have come out better for the experience. You might say that I am reinventing myself.
I now look to the future with hope and excitement. The bay area is beautiful, and I finally feel like I could belong in this place. Something that I haven't felt in this country since leaving Poland. I look forward to all the wonderful arts and culture that is so abundant here, eager to absorb as much of it as I can and to meet the people behind that culture.
Yes, 2010. You have really kicked my ass a few times. I want to be mad at you, but I just can't. You have brought me to a new place in my life and taught me some valuable lessons. So thanks. And farewell.