2007 only has a few hours left before she's a distant memory. I must say this year has been a good one for me and here's why.
At the beginning of 2007 I put the pedal to the metal and got serious about improving my physique and overall health. With an impending trip to Oz a the end of March I was determined to look my best for the beaches and for Brad. In eight weeks I finally learned that working out is only 10% of keeping healthy and that 90% is how you eat. I surprised even myself, not to mention Brad, with the progress I made and kept it up through the year. The results are not only aesthetically rewarding, I feel great; and after my blood test results came back from my physical in October I learned that I'm in tip top condition. If there's anything that I'm most grateful for, it's for my and my friend's good health.
I look forward to making even more progress in 2008 and beyond.
The crowning glory of the trip, for both of us I can safely say, was snorkling in The Great Barrier Reef. Since I first learned about the reef as a child it was a dream of mine to go snorkel in it, one of my life goals was coming to fruition. Awe inspiring and humbling it was to be out on the reef not far from the continental shelf of Oceania, where the sea floor drops to immense depths. Never before had I felt so immersed in the vastness of nature. I felt so out of place in the reef amongst all the beautiful coral and colorful fish that I gained a renewed respect for nature and our planet. It was an experience I will never forget it for as long as I live.
It was also great to feed the 'roos and pet Leo, the Koala!
Brad and I also took a weekend in San Francisco for Pride this year where we saw old friends, new friends, and other freaks in the wild.
That's why 2007 was great for me.
In 2008 my hopes are:
For the world, I hope for increased peace. I've pondered the phrase "War is over if you want it" a lot this year. It's a simple statement but it's meaning is remarkable. I also hope that everyone, everywhere takes a moment to meditate on what they have, how they've acquired it, what they can do without, and what they can give back to their fellow man and to the planet. If you're able to read what I write consider yourself fortunate enough to be literate and to have access to a computer and the internet. For so many around the world that is an impossibility, but it doesn't have to be.
For the nation, that the election goes off with out a hitch and that the right person is selected for the job. Also I hope that Congress grows a pair and makes some laws with PENALTIES, NOT TAX INCENTIVES, that encourage reduced consumption of energy and conservation of our planet. All living things must adapt or die, moreso for a species that's 6 Billion members large and growing. We must recognize the forces that we know are real, the forces of nature, and react to them.
For myself and Brad I hope for continued health and ever growing love. We've been together for the longest time now but being together never gets old, and I don't see signs of stopping. I also hope our cat, Milo, continues to stay happy and healthy, but also stops meowing at nothing for hours on end driving me crazy.
For you, regular readers, friends, passers by, I hope you have all the best in the coming year; ten times what I've been so fortunate to have this year!
Goodbye 2007 you've been a year to remember for sure, here's to an even better future in 2008. Happy New Year everyone!