Looking Back at 2013


For years I’ve posted this on Facebook as we head towards the end of every year. Last year I posted it here. It’s sort of the same as last year’s except I’ve changed up a few questions.

What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Lose my job (yes, I’m still going on about it, tongue-in-cheek, black humour style), met Twitter people in real life.

Did anyone close to you give get married, give birth or die?
Many friends of my parents died this year.

What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Stability – within myself. The last few months of 2013 have thrown me for a loop. I’m hoping next year I’ll be more rock steady in my self that these kind of event will throw me less.

 What events from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
14 Feb: Oscar Pistorius/Reeva Steenkamp case.
8 October: the day I was told seventeen, the magazine I worked for, would be closing down.
13 October: the day Dean and I broke up.
5 December: the day Madiba died.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surviving October.

What was your biggest failure/disappointment?
No failures, only lessons.

What was the best thing you bought?
It was bought FOR me, a Kindle.

Where did most of your money go?
Clothes I didn’t need and food to feed my belly.

 What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Bon Jovi in May, seeing Kasha, my Kindle.

What songs will always remind you of 2013?
Miley Cyrus – ‘Wrecking Ball’
Most of One Direction’s hits
Passenger – ‘Let her go’
Katy Perry – ‘Roar’

Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
Sadder, the same and the same.

What do you wish you’d done more of?
I think I did what I needed this year. I spent most of it hiding away from the world with Dean. I cocooned myself in a relationship and within myself. Now I’m ready to come out into the world again, with new and old friends. I’m ready to try new things and let go. Just let go.

What do you wish you’d done less of?
See above.

How will you spend the festive season?
Spent it with my family.

What was your love life like?
Was in love, in my longest relationship ever. Now, I’m single.

What are some of your favourite things from this year?
Alex and Sierra (from the X-Factor, I want a love like that); my Kindle; meeting Anya and the rest of her circle from Twitter; Orange Is The New Black; this summer to myself

 What was the best book you read?
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Beatenberg, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus’s new sound,

What did you want and get?
To get kicked out of the rut I’ve been stuck in since late 2011 (and for most of 2012). Purple streaks in my hair. A KINDLE. New friends.

What did you want and not get?
The 2014 I dreamed of. But it’s left me a blank canvas for something else new.

What was your favourite film of this year?
Catching FireSilver Lining’s Playbook

What did you do on your birthday?
Went to dinner with Tarryn, Dieter and Dean. Dinner with my family and Dean the following day.

What one thing that would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More energy.

 How would you describe your personal fashion concept?
Pretty & comfortable. Or jeans and a vest T. <- that. Still. But trying to take a walk on the fashionable side.

What kept you sane?
My gal pals. Always open to late night Whatsapp chats.

Which celebrity/public figure stood out this year?
Miley and her twerking

What political issue stirred you the most?
Nklandla, Mandela’s passing (and the variety of issues that stirred up), Mamphela Ramphela and the launch of Agang,

Who did you miss?
Finally, I’ve stopped missing the two much blogged about ex-friends. I’ve missed a few friends this year, but it was also my fault for the distance. It’s all been covered now and I realised, they were never really gone in the first place.

Who was the best new person you met?
Anya and her circle of wonderful friends who’ve welcomed me into the fold.

The most valuable lesson you’ve learned this year is:
Things are things: things aren’t always good or bad or evil or wonderful, they aren’t one dimensional, they just are.
I am powerless: I know I said it last year, but I’ve realised even more this year that I am powerless and I cannot make other people change and I cannot always make things be the way I want them to be. Like I said about, sometimes things just are as the are. End of story

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Basically ‘Say Something’ by A Great Big World.

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