Last year, around this time, I helped my family move, breaking us all out of our ruts. I hate ruts, but it is so easy to get comfortable when you're "getting by okay". I had a dead-end job that I loved. I lived with my parents, so that meant I could live easily on my average wage, but wasn't making enough to continue my Bachelor's degree. We lived somewhere we hated, but we owned it and we were used to it. Every year was the same as the last. Comfortable ruts are the most insidious things. They are insidious because they keep you from growing and changing and taking a chance on a dream.
So my parents finally bought a house in their dream location, the culmination of years of trying, failing, encouragement, and anxiety. And everything changed.
2014 has been the year of pursuing dreams. I moved with my parents to help with the rent, quitting my oh-so-comfortable job. I vowed to spend a year writing full time, living off my savings. I only maintained that for a month or two, sadly, but I have no regrets. In this year, I gained incredible friends. I went fishing for the first time (and caught a trout that I cooked myself). I visited Yellowstone and many other gorgeous areas. I gathered fantastic experience by volunteering for a video game project. I crafted a new costume for BlizzCon (complete pictures will come after BlizzCon).
And finally, I was offered an amazing opportunity, which I fought for with everything I had--and it paid off. I start work at Blizzard immediately after BlizzCon.
So, I'm moving again, tomorrow, off to yet another adventure. In less than a year, I can cross off two of my three life goals. Time to come up with more life goals.
In summary, here's a few things to think about, things that I learned well this year:
Pursue every opportunity that presents itself.
Fight with everything you have for the things worth fighting for.
Avoid comfortable ruts like the plague--they will sap your life away behind your back, killing your potential and your dreams.
Instead of spending your time talking about how you don't have time to do things--just do them.
Lastly, words of wisdom from my father:
When in doubt, do