Here we go. Once again we have another year zooming by, but unlike other years, when I look back at this one I think “HOLY F*CKING SH*T!!!!” To me, it seems like so many people around me are more than ready to say goodbye to the year 2009. I can truly honestly say that I don’t share that sentiment in the slightest. It is hard to explain why without making me sound like I am boasting, but I am going to do it anyway.
I’ll have no fear.
I’ll be standing strong and tall.
I rang the New Year with some great friends
I backpacked Southeast Asia
I still can’t believe the awesomeness that was this trip. I started the trip with two amazing friends and ended up with even more wonderful friends. From the 14 hours bus rides, the two day boat journey down the Mekong, the sickness, the craziness that is Bangkok, floating the Viang Vieng river, crashing a motorcycle in Laos, eating amazing food in Vietnam, meeting the most wonderful people in Cambodia, exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat and relaxing on the beautiful islands of Thailand. So. Incredibly. Amazing.
I spent a month in Africa
Spending time with one of my best friends Tfaith, meeting and becoming secret lovers with his future wife, conquering Table Mountain, camping the Garden Route with a backpack and a blanket, conquering pickpockets and scary alleyways, introducing South Africa to power hour and having my life changed in a small township outside Cape Town. Africa…..there are no words to how incredible it was.
I surprised my best friend in NYC for her birthday
I raced for the cure
I saw Britney Spears with future awesome doctors
I’ll be sailing.
No more bailing boats for me.
Ill be out here on the sea.
Just my confidence and me.
I saw my oldest friend accomplish awesomeness
I did an epic road trip with the most amazing person – Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Hell, Tucson.
I spent the most amazing summer EVER in Seattle
I moved to San Francisco
I went to Puerto Vallarta for the most epic Bachelor Party of All Time (seriously) with the coolest guys of ALL TIME
Did some wine touring
I had my first professional shoot
I saw two of my best and closest friends marry each other
My mind is blown away by this year. Exploring San Francisco, visiting Omid in Houston, Jordan’s Bachelor Party in Phoenix, seeing my sister dance, Halloween in the Castro, Stanford games with Niamh, Fourth of July in Seattle, San Antonio Debauchery, Atlanta Debauchery, New York Debauchery, Jumbo Margaritas with Brian, conquering the world with Deborah, crazy adventures with Micah, seeing my sister dance. I know I am forgetting so much, but that is good because there was just THAT much that happened in 2009. Thank GOD for picture sets to remind me forever.
e la vita la vita si fa grande così…….e comincia domani
It was the year I decided to follow my dreams, and most importantly I did it finally being myself.
I guess I am scared to ring in the New Year because it is going to be really hard trying to top this last one. But you know, its going to be one hell of a fun time trying.
HERE IS TO 2010!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!
…and if the world decides to catch up with me, it’s a little victory. – Matt Nathanson