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Owens: Year in review

Posted: December 16, 2014 9:16 a.m.
Updated: December 17, 2014 1:00 a.m.


To say that 2014 has had its ups and downs would be an understatement. Honestly, I don’t know what words or phrases I would use to describe how my 2014 played out. It wasn’t the worst year ever, but it definitely wasn’t the greatest.

The first half of this year -- January thru June -- was like any other year for the most part, nothing out of the ordinary occurred but part of that half of the year (spring semester which runs from Jan. to May) was different because it was my last full semester of college. All of my classes went smoothly, paving the way for me to finish up my bachelor’s degree over the summer.

A few weeks after spring semester, my summer courses started with no problems. However, the smooth sailing got rough in July when my aunt died (oddly, a lot of people who were closely associated with people close to me died this summer), but the mayhem eased up a bit in August after I graduated -- major milestone. Life continued to flow smoothly after I landed my first “real” job, but the year got rough again in November when my home was burglarized. However, the upside of the incident was that the thieves were caught and everything they stole was returned. The downside was that it made me feel a little violated because my personal space was invaded by uninvited guests.

It also made me angry just to know that items that I worked hard to get were taken. Why people feel it is OK to take things that others have worked for and not work themselves to earn is something I will never understand. Feeling violated and angry has since faded -- living that way does not solve anything and knowing that they will reap what they have sown gives me peace of mind.

December included what I am hoping is the last horrible thing to happen to me this year. Monday of last week I was in a car accident. Vehicles were damaged but no one was hurt, which is what is most important. It is still a bummer because anyone who has ever been in a car accident knows what the aftermath entails. The aftermath of the accident is going to leak into the new year, but it will be over within the first week of January.

My hope for 2015 is to not be victim of the terrible things I experienced this year. Seriously, that is all I want. I know life is not always good and I will be ready if I do have to endure the same incidents this coming year, but a year of relief would be nice.

Maybe these incidents occurred to teach me valuable lessons. Like the unexpected deaths of so many could have served the purpose of being wake up calls to live life to the fullest -- I certainly haven’t been doing that. Same thing with the car accident: it could have been much worse but it wasn’t. Maybe it served to “knock” some sense into me, to shake me up and wake me up to the possibilities of the wonderful gift of life. Either way, 2015 has got to be better and I will step it up and make the best of it.



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