The year is drawing to a close. What would you put in a 2012 time capsule?
This was the year I wasn’t sure about. I decided to stay in Korea, even though I wasn’t happy with the day-to-day grind of working and waning and never feeling like it’s going anywhere. Now at the end of my two-year teaching job, I still feel insecure and not confident at all about myself, but I’m a glass half full kinda girl, so in this post I’d like to make a list of all the things I accomplished this year, if only to make myself feel better on this dreary Wednesday morning.
I am proud about all the books I read this year every morning on the subway on my way to work.
- On the road and The Vanity of Doluoz by Jack Kerouac
- White teeth by Zadie Smith
- Iron Council and King Rat by China Mieville (and his Embassytown is on my shelf waiting to be read next.)
- The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by Mark Haddon
- Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
- Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
- The Serenity graphic novels by Josh Whedon
- The name of the rose by Umberto Eco
- Dirk Gently’s holistic detective agency by Douglas Adams
- Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
- Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
- Nobody Move by Denis Johnson
- The Electric Acid Kool Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the looking-glass by Lewis Carroll
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- (This list is subject to being updated when my memory fades into being later this day)
I will also put in my time capsule the good things I did and learnt this year:
- I embraced cooking and have put forward a few decent meals for boyfriend and I.
- I, against my will and preconceived bias, started and maintained a blog since September.
- I have resisted the urge to smash people’s smartphones under my heels.
- I have made writing a priority in my life.
- I went camping on an island.
- I ate live octopus.
- I managed to get through this year without losing my cool all over the place.
- I have not yet cut off my own ears to ward off auditory disturbances, popping gum, smacking lips, and brain sweltering smartphone ringtones and game tones.
A rather successful year 2012 has been. But now I’m over it. Bring on March 2013!