It’s 2022. I started this year by writing down the personal goals I want to accomplish this year. I had a good year last year. The goals I have for this year are goals that I believe will propel me toward the life I see for myself. I am hopeful and excited for this year. I know I have to remain positive and stay determined. I even wrote down affirmations for 2022. I say these affirmations on a daily basis. I’m trying to get to a point where I fully believe these affirmations. I also am continuing therapy, which I am grateful to be in. I have a great feeling about this year in regard to my personal life. Whatever your goals or plans are for this year, remember to stay positive and keep moving forward. Happy New Year and may the year 2022 be kind to us all
This year was a bit of a blur. When I sat down to write this post, I had such a hard time remembering everything, that I spent about an hour watching 2021 recap videos on YouTube. Let’s begin.
This year started with an attempted insurrection on January 6. It was a rather funny debacle to be honest. Biden was sworn in as president about two weeks after the attempted insurrection.
COVID kept everyone on the edge of our seats this year even as vaccines rolled out. A new variant, named Omicron, was discovered in October.
US troops finally left Afghanistan after 20 years. The troop withdraw led to the Taliban overtaking Afghanistan within hours.
Mass shootings returned as the country began re-opening.
Tornadoes ravaged Kentucky and wildfires burned California
Collin Powell, Bob Doyle, and Walter Mon dale died this year.
Music was alright this year. We saw debut albums from Olivia Rodrigo (Sour) and Lil Nas X(Montero). Doja Cat released her third album, Planet HER. Billy Ellish released Happier Than Ever. Adele returned after a five-year absence with 30. Jazmine Sullivan released her EP Heaux Tales at the top of this year. Drake released Certified Lover Boy and Kanye released Donda. Chloe Bailey, of Chloe x Halle, released her first solo single, Have Mercy.
TV was lackluster for me this year, but I have some highlights. Squid Games was brilliant. Black Lightning ended after 4 seasons. I didn’t watch WandaVision or Invincible, nor did I see Sex Lives of College Girls.
We lost many in the entertainment world this year. The great Cicely Tyson left us at the top of this year. Biz Markie and DMX left us. Saturday Night Live’s Norm Macdonald departed. Funny girl, Cloris Leachman went on. Larry King and Willard Scott signed off one final time. After a phenomenal performance in last year’s breakout hit, Lovecraft Country, Michael K. Williams, also known for HBO’s The Wire, passed away at age 54. Broadway legend, Stephen Sondheim died at age 91 with his final role being as himself in the film adaption of Tick, Tick, Boom.
Films weren’t too nig this year as many decided to release their stuff to streaming services. Some films went to theaters as limited releases though.
I read some books this year. I learned Python, a programming language. I bought a skateboard to pursue a hobby I’ve been interested in since childhood. I found a therapist.
Like I said earlier, this year was a blur. I’ve compiled all the important things that I remembered. Let’s hope 2022 is kind to all of us. I know I have goals I wish to accomplish next year.
My last post was in October. I was struggling very much. Since then, I have found a therapist and picked up a new hobby. I’ve also been thinking about moving to another town. I think the monotony of my life is what was causing me to feel that way. It got to a point where I dreaded getting out of bed. It was honestly very rough.
Now that I feel a little better, I wanted to give an update. I will post my year end wrap up at the end of this month, hopefully I’ll have it done on New Year’s Eve. I may do separate posts about the television and music I watched and listened to this year as well.
For the remainder of 2021, I’m going to continue with my therapy, dive into this new hobby, and just take things one day at a time.
I finished a book I was reading today. it was Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. I’m not sure if I will start my next book later this week or on the 1st of October.
I’ve been very anxious lately, questioning my life and trying to figure out what I want. I thought I was content, dare I say, complacent, with where I am at, but lately, I’ve been feeling restless. I don’t know what is up. I’ve discussed some things with close family members, but I know, whatever I decide is completely up to me.
On the hobbies front, I’m still coding in Python. I even set up a Github page.
I’m annoyed. I’ve been trying to read a book for about a month. I bought the book early last year on a spontaneous trip to Barnes and Noble. I have talked extensively up here about how much I have loved to read books throughout my life. Back in 2017 and 2018 I reignited my love for reading. I read so many books in those two years, I chronicled my Goodreads journeys and book reviews in various blog posts some of which you can check out: here, here, and here. I don’t know why I have fallen off with reading, but it is frustrating me. I actually haven’t even purchased a book since last year. Like WTF?! I even considered re-reading some of the books in my bookshelf, but I can’t get the urge to do that either. Maybe I should take a trip to Barnes and Noble or my local library to get the feeling back. I don’t know. I typically read a variety of genres. I like fiction and non-fiction. Historical fiction is very interesting. I love memoirs/auto-biographies as well. Some of the books I bought last year, I tried to read and didn’t have much luck. I think in total last year, I read 2 of the 4 books that I purchased. Maybe I should try audiobooks. I really don’t know. I’ll see what I end up doing. I certainly have enough books in my bookshelf to try something.