So, tonight’s the night. 2013 is nearly over. But that’s ok; all things end. They have to, or nothing else would ever get started. So I wanna welcome 2014 with open arms. I don’t know what this year might hold, but I am confident that I will be a better, more godly person by the end of it.
This year started with my parents introducing me to Doctor Who. During that time Rose and Ten became my first ship (I still haven’t quite gotten over Doomsday…) and I joined Pinterest. It’s Pinterest that really changed everything. I suddenly got into Legend of Zelda as a fandom, and Doctor Who, and later on Sherlock. I started having lengthy conversations with other fangirls online. Before I knew what was happening I was writing fanfic, and, what d’ya know, I was being praised for it. (Thanks for that, btw. :P)
I’d like to also thank a couple of the people that have made this year so amazing. There are a lot of people that have had a hand in the making of my year, but you guys are the ones I’m going to name.
•Anslie, my friend – I’ve only known you for five months now, but it feels so much longer than that. Who am I to say whether I’ve helped you, but you’ve certainly helped me. We’ve managed to become true friends, despite the entire United States being between us. May this new year—and many years after that—see our friendship grow even stronger. Know that I truly wish the best for you in life. I love you. And above all, remember—Pants. Pants and puns.
•Hannah, my friend – Thanks for being there. You and I definitely have our different obsessions, but we understand each other. I love our conversations, most of which are completely in sarcasm. 😉 May this year strengthen our friendship further. I love you. With any luck, you’ll come to your senses this year and learn to love Doctor Who as much as it deserves. 😛
•Chloe, my sister – You’re two years younger than I and half the time I treat you like a little girl, but you’re not. You’re almost a teenager yourself, and this year especially you’ve been less of my little sister and more of my best friend. Thank you, darling, for putting up with my emotional roller coaster 24/7 and for being my fanfic’s “#1 fan.” I will always love you, and as you enter puberty, know that I’ll always be there for you.
•Joze, my brother – I love playing tabletop games with you, talking about World of Warcraft with you, and even helping you with school. I’ve been caught referring to you as my little boy more than once, even though you’re really a young man, and not even mine. You’ve grown so much in the last few years, and you’re not a baby anymore. Even your role playing game characters have evolved drastically as you get older. I love you, and I look forward to watching you grow into a wonderful eleven year old.
•My parents – You two have, obviously, been the most influential people in my entire life, and I know you will continue to be so into the new year and beyond. Thank you. For everything. For loving me, for trusting me, for always being there to help me with anything and everything, for calling me a right moron when I need it, and for taking painstaking care in shaping me into a responsible adult. I, like all teenagers, can blow up at you and fume at some of your decisions, but you have yet to fail me. Oh, and Dad, thanks for buying me Writing Fiction for Dummies in June 2012. You introduced me to writing and I haven’t looked back since. You’ve continued your support of me and you remain my most severe and trusted critic. I get intimidated by either of you reading anything I write, but that’s only because yours’ is the opinion that matters most to me. I love both of you so much.
I think that’s all. There are so many more of you, but if I tried to list you all I’d miss the New Year’s deadline. 😉
It’s traditional to make resolutions at the start of each year, so I guess I’ll list a couple of the things I want out of 2014. By the end of next year…
•I will have a full first draft of my first novel.
•I will be able to drive.
•I will have completed the daunting SAT.
•I will have learned how to knit.
•I will have completed my first year of AWANA.
So, in conclusion, this year has been probably the best one yet, and I’m looking forward to the next one in the hopes that it can only get better. Happy 2014!
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11