This was one of the best years of my life, to be honest.
Here are some highlights:
1. I made a bunch of new friends. I just realized that, once again, they are all immigrants. I have no idea why I’m not managing to connect with the locals. This is something to work on next year. Maybe I should add “becoming friends with a local” to my resolutions list.
2. I’ve been crazy productive in research. It’s been a year of deadlines and publications and extreme productivity. On the positive side, I have finally figured out what I want the organizing idea of my pretty scattered research interests to be. It’s no longer just about publishing everything everywhere (although I still love that). It’s about sharing a basic philosophy I have arrived at with the world. I first read that as a research scholar you need to have this organizing idea on Jonathan’s blog ten years ago, and I had no idea what he even meant. But now I’m finally at the point where I understand what this means.
3. This wasn’t the best reading year. I read more than usual (about 20% more complete books) but 2019 was coming on the heels of the transformational reading year of 2018 when I discovered Castellanos Moya and became a Latin Americanist. You can’t have something this major every year of your life, so no matter what I read in 2019, it simply didn’t measure up.
4. I traveled a lot more than usual but I’m ready to take a break from that. It was fun but overwhelming.
5. I’m ready to start an experiment in working a regular 9-4 office job. The person who knows me better than anybody in the world (which is my sister) said, the moment she heard about this plan, “Ah, now you are really going to publish a lot!”
6. Talking about friends, I walked away from two friendships where I felt like I needed to pretend to be less of what I am to be accepted.
7. I started sleeping a lot more and realized there’s nothing like it to improve mental and physical health. Yay to sleep!
8. Bullet journaling has been absolutely amazing but I won’t bore anybody with it too much because I’ve done enough of that.
9. I have developed a newfound love for my university and realized that my unhappiness with it stemmed from not embracing the new stage of my own development.
What were your highlights from the departing year?