Can I just say, this year has (so far) had the most accomplished and excited moments of my life, as well as some of the saddest and most stressful parts of my life as well.
2010, I graduated from University with passing marks. All 4 years of hard work, effort and all those annoyingly sleepless nights of homework, papers, exams and the like..done! What an accomplishment. Though I never made the Dean’s List, or got honors come graduation, it was definitely a proud moment to have been able to say that I graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with my bachelor’s degree. A proud moment to have made it through the AMDG (Ang Matutulog Di Gragraduate) phase of my life.
It was also a wonderful moment to have finished the yearbook-related work I had to do, and to see my batchmates get their yearbooks in time, though I have to say that it wasn’t without difficulty that we had to deal with all the yearbook-related problems we encountered day after day.
Getting accepted into TsingHua for the Chinese Language Program, and coming to China has also been a highlight for the year. Along with getting accepted into TsingHua are also the fun moments I’ve had with my friends here in China. The adventures, the mishaps, the new experiences, new friends, new environment, new everything that we’ve come to know, though not all of them were happy moments, they had in some way contributed to making the year memorable in a happy sense. I signed up for this, so I’m taking it all in stride as I finish the year 2010.
In 2010, I lost one of my best friends. My faithful companion, my wonderful dog who had accompanied me throughout my teenage life, who was my baby and my pet, the one I would talk to about my problems, left me. It was one of the hardest things I had to accept in my life. He who I had counted on living for a few more years, who would tearfully watch me say goodbye as I left for China, who would gleefully welcome me back from China..the one who saw me through some of the worst and best times of my high school and college life, went on ahead. My Taka, even now I miss him so much. Thinking about going home in a month makes me realize that he will not be there when I go back. In 2010, I lost my irreplaceable best friend to an illness, it will be an unforgettable moment for the rest of my life.
Soon after I lost my baby Taka and a few days before I was to leave for Beijing, I also lost another of my dear pet dogs.
This year was also one of the most stressful make-or-break moments in my entire life. Having to constantly worry about finishing my thesis paper while worrying about other requirements, and graduating, This year definitely took its toll and took a few years off of my life. Thesis was one of the worst parts of my university life. If I had the opportunity to just throw it away without consequence, I would have done so a long long time ago, and without looking back I might add. Thesis was hell, though deep down I feel that I would have to meet up with him someday again. Gak. Oh well, that one part of my life is done and over with. No need for me to look back on it again, thankfully.
With 2011 just around the corner, or well just a few hours away, I can’t help but look back on my 2010 and wish it could have been better in many ways. Still, I am quite thankful for the many blessings and opportunities that have been given to me, many of which I did not expect. 2010 definitely brought many surprises into my life, both good and bad. 2010 was definitely not without ups and downs throughout the entire year. Still, the selfish me can’t help but hope that 2011 will be a much better year, filled with better opportunities, better experiences, better memories. Call me selfish, but I still want more. Haha.