As 2011 Winds Down

Here’s a few things that are on my mind as I think about the year that is soon to end.

This time last year:

  • Osama bin Laden, Muammar Gaddafi, and Kim Jong Il were all still alive. Also Steve Jobs.
  • Hosni Mubarak was still President of Egypt
  • The ‘Arab Spring’ and the Occupy movement hadn’t started
  • the 8-year US war in Iraq was still ongoing
  • Google+ hadn’t launched

Scott and I rang in 2011 in the company of a few close friends. Sadly one of them is no longer with us.

And on a much less important scale (except to me) – this time last year I was 20 pounds heavier.

2011 was also my most-travelled year ever. I flew more than 65,000 miles and visited 7 different countries (8 if you count airport connections). I don’t think I’ll be on the road quite as much in 2012, but you never know….

As for 2012 – I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. Most of them are ignored by the end of January anyway. Changes, especially the big kind, don’t fit into neat and easy packages. It’s what you do on any given Tuesday that matters more than what you decide on some arbitrary starting point. So I won’t be making any this year.

What I do want for myself in 2012 is to stay open to the new. It’s so easy to get locked into what’s safe and comfortable, but if you do that too much, you find that the most dangerous choice of all is to play it safe. I don’t think I’ll start jumping out of airplanes or be moving to Katmandu 🙂 but it’s a big world out there and there is still so much I haven’t seen, done, or learned.

So thanks 2011, and here’s to a great 2012!