How lucky am I that last year, 2010, was one of mostly ‘highs’ for me. Even some of the lows brought unexpected moments of bitter-sweet melancholy. And that’s a good thing in my book. The idea that we must always be happy is such a western concept. Times of sober pensiveness are important aspects of a life lived in the real world.
- I had the great fortune to spend time with an old friend who was in Adelaide for a few months to see her mother out of this world. We shared cups of tea and meals and more than a few laughs to help her through the dark times.
- I spent 5 whole weeks with my big sister Annie in Italy where we studied Italian, spent time with our wonderful and generous relatives, consumed fabulous food and drink and made some new friends. Basically, it DID NOT SUCK at all! It has been years since we have had such a carefree time together, probably since our childhood or maybe our early 20s at a stretch. We may never get the opportunity again given we are at opposite ends of the world, so I am going to savour that 5 weeks for a long time.
- My husband and fellow adventurer, Roo, joined me for a second 5 weeks in Italy, mainly Naples/Amalfi Coast and 3 glorious, slow-paced weeks around Sicily. We were blessed with great weather and friendly folks at every turn. Sicily rejects the stereotype of a dark, secretive, dangerous place. And it can not be rushed.
- On the work front I was incredibly challenged with an interactive forms design project and completed some work that a colleague and I can be quite proud of.
Some obvious highs and lows there I guess. But I can tell you that the lows were valid, important experiences that seemed insurmountably difficult at the time, and from which I learned a lot.
And now 2011 is already lining up some interesting times. Here’s hoping that I’m up to it!