It's really funny how a year passes and you read how you visualised your future to occur. Not many could have predicted the best moments of 2017's and the near-cataclysmic opportunities we faced.
Still, it's all about what we expected to happen versus what really did, and comparing my year now with what I wrote back in 2016 gives me an indication that we aren't always in control of our lives as much as we'd like, and I'll point it out in the best moments below:
- Went fishing
- Returned to London
- Grew a beard
- Moved to a new home
- Found a decent company
- Quit smoking
- Opened for Joe's show
- Presented my films
- Hosted our first Christmas party
1. Went fishing
After never really gone fishing before with any male family member for some whatever reason, a friend I insisted on making gave me the opportunity to teach me a little about fishing.
Surprisingly, I enjoyed it a lot. Sitting around, smoking cigarettes, watching Joe trying his very best to be good at flinging the hook into the river like a frisbee, but in the end it became a rewarding, amazing experience.
2. Returned to London
I had two minds about how to approach London. We had the luxury of staying with friends, but at the same time I expected a lot of partying and meeting many people. In the end, though, it was an expensive tour of a city we can no longer afford to fly to.
We grew from that experience as a couple, and vowed never to rely on each other's expectations going overseas, but to find new adventures in locations we've never been to.
3. Grew a beard
We were driving the one day and she says, "I like beards," and from then, over 6 months I've enjoyed wonderful facial hair.
And it's amazing. Now, I no longer look like a 27 year old. Now, I'm a 37 year old who looks like a 27 year old trying to look like a 37 year old.
4. Moved to a new home
We reached our milestone and made the leap to full-fledged living together, and I'm at my very happiest. Our home is warm, friendly, welcoming to friends and full of love.
We hang up what we like, bicker about where things should live and then spend evenings cuddled up on our bespoke couch watching GIRLS or Friends or Mad About You.
5. Found a decent company
2017 was not easy professionally. Despite studying and adding more skills to my repetoire, it was diminished by so many unforeseen circumstances you tend to wonder if it was all worth it.
And then I've moved to a smaller, more decent company with worthy goals and a good outreach towards caring for its staff. We're a little family and that's all that matters.
6. Quit smoking
Phenomenally, I've successfully survived quite a few months without touching the naughty weed, with many opportunities to do so.
Thankfully, with support from loved ones and a healthy outlook of wanting to stay clean, I've managed to keep it real and not give in.
7. Opened for Joe's show
Comedy has been a fickle beast for me, and my confidence in it has diminished somewhat. Nevertheless, Joe requested I open for him and I did, and it was a spectacular set of shows with enough people to make me realise that all the effort he's put in has been worth, and I'm proud of my little grasshopper.
8. Presented my films
It was scary having to showcase my films to a crowd that neither cared nor were interested, yet gave me good feedback on what I created in collaboration with others.
And it worked. I succeeded and loved it. The presentation was slick, the films worked out great and received a positive response. Bring on 2018 and the new opportunities that lie ahead with brand new people.
9. Hosted our first Christmas party
So much fun welcoming our friends into our home for pre-Christmas lunch. Even the future drunk uncle in the couch made an appearance.
As of writing it's not happened yet, but it's going to. Today. Super excited.
We proposed at Sleep Hollow Horse Riding farm in Noordhoek, and went ahead to the House of Braganza in Kommetjie to enjoy sundowners with bagpipes in Scarborough and complete the year as two happy people.
And like last year, here are some of the highlights. Happy New Year.