“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was teh epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair […]”

upclIt was the best of times. It was the worst of times. I can still remember my senior year when we were forced to read “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. Surprisingly, it was a very good book. For some reason, I can still recall the chief literary device “Universal Appeal” and how it was drilled into our heads. It’s funny how I find myself quoting lines from a book that I’ve read 5 years ago when I never thought I’d need to outside of that English IV class.

2009 was actually a good year for me. I acheived a lot of what I wanted to do. Last Year brought me bittersweet memories. Regardless of all of the bad things that I have experienced and witnessed, I am satisfied with my success and my acheivements for 2009. This year I see even more satisfaction and even more happiness mainly because I’ve let a lot of people go. I’ve allowed my troubles and my despairs of 2009 to remain in 2009. I’ve stopped stressing over things that I can’t change and I’ve accepted those things for what they are. With that acceptance, I was able to plan ahead in which I did.

Of course this year, I’ll definitely make better decisions. Nevertheless, the only plans (because I don’t make resolutions, I plan) that I have for myself are to avoid making the same mistakes again and to adhere to my faith, knowledge, and wisdom that I have attained throughout my life experiences. I’ve seen the growth within myself. I like it and I know what I must continue to do to keep growing.

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27 Comments
  1. Bonnie

    January 2, 2010 at 11:38 am

    i hope each year only becomes a better year to learn from mistakes and all (: happy new year !
    .-= Bonnie – Skating to the New Year! =-.

  2. KayC

    January 2, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Beautifully written. Loved the entry. I agree, I am going to try to do the same thing.

    I’ve stopped stressing over things that I can’t change and I’ve accepted those things for what they are.

    Amen to that phrase in your post. I agree completely and I am going to try to do the same thing. And um, you have beautiful lips <3
    .-= KayC – Ahhh, right around the corner… =-.

  3. Shannon

    January 3, 2010 at 1:03 am

    I’m glad that you have such a positive outlook on things, sometimes I wish I were the same way. I have trouble letting go of the past but it’s only been a few days into the new year and I’m already making progress.
    .-= Shannon – New Beginnings =-.

  4. Kristine

    January 3, 2010 at 2:05 am

    You have a great attitude toward life. 2009 was also a good year for me.
    Hope 2010 is better, but I can already see that it will
    be tougher… =)
    .-= Kristine – New Years Resolution – 2010 =-.

  5. lindsie

    January 3, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Im happy you enjoyed your “09” year! I have alot of things I want to accompish and do within this new year, it may be a little too much but it doesn’t hurt to try. I enjoy reading your entries but I think this is the first time I actually commented. Would you like to exchange links? Your link is already posted :) take care!

  6. Dominique

    January 4, 2010 at 7:12 am

    I knew I wasn’t the only one who had a good year last year. I think people were dweling too much on the negative than the positives of last year. I don’t have any resolutions either, but I’m sure I’ll change some things though. Glad you had a good year.
    .-= Dominique – Future, Past, The Present =-.

  7. Simply Precious

    January 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Hehe, I’ve never had to read that book, but of course, I’ve heard of that quote before.

    That’s great about the whole thing about leaving the 2009 stuff in 2009. That’s what I did in 2007. Hehe. Yes, it is a good thing. Good luck with the rest of your year, and I hope it’ll go great! =)

  8. Justin

    January 4, 2010 at 11:32 am

    lol well you still haven’t really needed that course… you CHOSE to quote that story. haha just messing with ya :P

    Hopefully this next year is even better for you than you wish it to be. :)
    .-= Justin – Tales From The Crib =-.

  9. Cecilie

    January 4, 2010 at 11:41 am

    It is great to hear that you are so positive about the future:)
    Hope that the year will bring you lots of nice memories:)
    .-= Cecilie – Happy girls are the prettiest girls. =-.

  10. Monique

    January 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I think my favorite book from high school was The Great Gatsby. I’ve always loved to read, so I might actually look into reading that one again. Definitely gotta let people go sometimes, and I’m glad you did. Some are really just there to hold you back, keep you down. Keep that positive outlook on life. I think a lot of us would be better off if we chose to do that!

  11. Samara

    January 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I don’t make resolutions either, but goals I’d like to meet. I think it’s stupid to wait until the end of the year to change..LOL. With each year we all grow and change, hopefully most of us will make positive growth and changes for the better. Happy New Year BTW. :-))
    .-= Samara – Disgusting =-.

  12. Simone

    January 4, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I love this, couldn’t have been said better. I like your outlook on things, you definately have a positive identity and I don’t think there’s anything better. I really do applaud you!

    I don’t make resolutions either but this year I want to make a few changes. I want to learn from my mistakes so that I can avoid making them again, accept the things that I can’t change like you have and I bet I’d be the happy girl that I should be. I guess I need just a little more work though.

  13. Shiri

    January 5, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Good plans. I wish you a happy 2010! Full of wonderful events and surprises from life :)

  14. Raely B.

    January 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    hehe* — I guess I should have said that I didn’t know I would ever need to know the true meaning of that famous quote!

  15. Raely B.

    January 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    We are all works in progress and no one can be perfect. I take the mistakes that I make as lessons WELL LEARNED.

  16. Raely B.

    January 5, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I agree. Sometimes when we experience bad things, we fail to take the time out to recognize all of the good occurrences and we fail to allow ourselves to dwell within that moment.

  17. Raely B.

    January 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks for your comment. It definitely doesn’t hurt to try and accomplish what you’ve set yourself out to do.

    *I’ve linked you as well!

  18. Raely B.

    January 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I like that–“..with each year we all grow and change..” and I totally agree with that statement. Some of us grow into better human beings. Others change into worse states.

  19. Raely B.

    January 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I don’t think we realize how much energy we waste stressing over things we can’t change. Kudos for you for also accepting the obvious!

    :cute:

  20. Raely B.

    January 5, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I think we all at some point find it hard to let things go and excuse the wrongs that someone has committed against us. You’re definitely not in that boat yourself. It takes time and patience to allow yourself to just..“Let it Go.” It’s a constant struggle.

    I’m glad you’re making progress with what you have planned to do while we’re still pretty fresh into the new year. :cute:

  21. Raely B.

    January 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Hey Monique!

    I’m definitely trying to be more positive than I was last year. Last year was a pretty good year and I remained positive for the most part. However, there is always room for improvement.

    :-)

  22. Raely B.

    January 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Well Kristine, I hope that you’re able to endure what this new year is bringing for you. I wish you the best!

  23. Jamie

    January 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Hey you’re absolutely right you can’t stress over the things
    that happened in the past. But I’m glad they turned out good
    in the end for you.

    I love how you quoted Charles Dickens book. Very smart. :).

  24. Jamie

    January 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    You’re too kind, thank you for linking me back. :). Yeah I
    didn’t think they still made them. Little a lone, make ’em
    so your foot can go through them. I thought they were only
    for little kids. But I guess I thought wrong. Haha. In a few
    minutes you’ll be able to see me being a goof ball. Heehee.

  25. Gillian

    January 6, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Aweh thankyou. Glad you thought it was funny.
    Omg, I hope I don’t feel like dropping out in my last year haha. I’ve never had that feeling before, so hopefully I won’t feel it anytime soon. D: I’m sorry to hear about how depressing high-school was for you. :( At least you’ve moved onto bigger and better things now. :D Hell yah.
    Aweh that’s great that 2009 was a good year for you. I hope that 2010 is as good if not better! Sure, we all have those rough patches, but you’re very lucky that the majority of the year was good.
    Best of luck with everything that you want to achieve in 2010. I like your goal to make better decisions, I should try that as a resolution haha.
    .-= Gillian – So here I am a year later.. =-.

  26. Thao

    January 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Great resolutions! I’m glad to see that 2009 was great for you. Here’s to bigger and even better things in twenty-ten for you!
    .-= Thao – Going Out Big =-.

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