Off to an Interesting Start
Back on New Year’s Day, I published a post detailing what exactly I’m looking forward to this year. While putting it together, I did my best to be both honest and optimistic, so I figure I ought to continue the trend and talk about how 2013’s shaping up for me thus far.
Before I get to the good stuff, though, I would just like to point out that I’ll be leaving for Swarthmore College in less than one week! It continues to amaze and confound me how time seems to contract or dilate in response to moments of great change in my life. I’m still on the fence as to whether I’m a fan of the sensation, but it’s fascinating nonetheless.
Now, on to serious business. Two weeks into 2013, and my life has already changed significantly compared to what it was at the start of the year.
For one, my pledge to work on my personal health and fitness is one that I’ve been able to stick to with comparatively little difficulty. I’m eating better and less, and exercising substantially more, with the result being that I’ve lost more than twenty pounds in the last month, and nearly fifteen pounds since the start of the year. I’m extremely happy with the progress I’ve made, but there’s definitely still more to do.
The second major development in my life this year is that my girlfriend of the past four and a half years broke up with me. Obviously, this is considerably less awesome than the other changes I’ve met with lately. This past week was particularly difficult and fraught with attempts on both our parts to devise some way in which we might be able to hobble along as a couple and prevent the utter dissolution of our relationship. Unfortunately, however, it appears as though that’s just not in the cards for us. Thankfully, we remain on extremely good terms and have nothing but love and respect for each other, which is a large part of why I feel comfortable writing about it here, as opposed to just sobbing painfully in a corner.
In the end, I was right when I predicted 2013 would be a turning point for me. If these first two weeks are any indication, the changes I experience this year won’t all be good, but they also won’t all be bad. The direction in which my life goes from here ultimately will be determined by how I choose to react to whatever comes my way, and I’m okay with that, because I know I can handle it.