In the last few weeks, I’ve heard a lot of people lamenting how terrible 2011 has been. Just last night when I was out for dinner, I overheard the people at the next table describing 2011 as a “black cloud” and hoping that 2012 will bring some better luck. And I do know some people who have suffered awful tragedies in 2011 – the loss of loved ones at far too young an age or loved ones in terrible accidents that will mean a long and slow convalescence into 2012. But somehow I managed to not only avoid the back luck that so many seemed to have this year, it was actually a really amazing 365 days for me1.
Off the top of my head, I can think of several amazing things that happened for me in 2011:
- set a freaking world record!
- received my first ever research grant as a principal investigator
- earned a giant scholarship
- got accepted to an MBA program
- put two more letters after my name
- my nephew was born
- met an amazing boy
And tonight I’m off to ring in the new year with some friends and an endless supply of margaritas! Here’s hoping that everyone has a fabulous 2012!