While looking back through some old notes, I decided to write down a list of lessons that meant something to my life this year. Some have been recurring, while some I'm very much still learning. Maybe one will mean something to you, too.
1. The timetable by which you move through life is very personal to you. No one else can define that.
2. If you manage to make just one lasting friendship each year, you will live an incredibly rich life.
3. It's important to have a hobby that's completely unrelated to your career.
4. It's not going to be good the first time. You'll probably even look back and laugh. But you have to start somewhere.
5. If you want to go on 20-mile runs, you're going to lose a few toenails.
6. It's okay to do nothing sometimes. It's important to do nothing sometimes.
7. If you don't like Diet Coke, you won't like rum and Diet Coke either.
8. Working more does not equal more happiness. Working more often does not even mean more success in work.
9. Someone who takes a personal interest in your well-being is rare and special (and should probably be taken out for ice cream).
10. Everyone's going through something. Be kind always.
11. A list about the year '13 is allowed to have only 12 items.
12. Just because something ends doesn't make it any less special.