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Old 2 Days Ago (6:26 AM). Edited 2 Days Ago by Patchisou Yutohru.
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I went into colours' thread expecting this, but it wasn't, so...

How/what did you improve / learn / grow this year? Can be emotional development, academic successes, personal successes, hobby related successes, lessons learned and applied, or anything else that you can think of.
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Old 2 Days Ago (7:12 AM).
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yeah my thread was kinda mukposty in nature. sorry. :P

Gonna be honest... it's hard for me to tackle this question because I feel like I'm really not given the room to grow much, both as an individual and as well as personal/academic successes. I'd love to volunteer in organizations and clubs on campus and all, but time is a huge factor and a roadblock for me to be actively a part of that.

I suppose the biggest thing is that I would be transitioning to a more administrative role at work, which is far better than the position I currently hold now. If that counts as success, which I personally do. It's pretty much the only thing I can really do that wouldn't stress me out to a degree that would interfere with my schoolwork.

Aside from that... I just feel like this year as a whole was a rollercoaster, and not in a way that I would like. I've gained and lost jobs, met a few cool peeps who disappeared from my life once I was no longer associated with said job... it really bums me out that things keep being this way for me, which is why I'm trying to do what I can so things stop being so hectic.

I don't mind rollercoasters, but 2018 was full of too many loops and spins for me. I finally want off.
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I sorta took a few steps back this year, and it looks like there's more muk coming for me

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    I have a hunch 2019 will be even harder than 2018 for me
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    Well, I can't complain. Maybe nothing new happened for me in 2018 BUT like I always say I'm really glad I'm feeling good and I'm healthy which is the most important thing to me!
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    Originally Posted by Zeke View Post
    I sorta took a few steps back this year, and it looks like there's more **** coming for me
    ^ same here unfortunately. 2018 was not my year.

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    Old 2 Days Ago (4:45 PM).
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      Feels largely different.

      At the beginning of 2018, I was adjusting to a new house. Then a tragedy occurred in March, so had to adjust with the changes in that.

      Also lost most of the high school structure. Now trying to adjust to changes of college.
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      Old 2 Days Ago (5:21 PM). Edited 2 Days Ago by Fami.
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        2018 was a very "two steps forward, three steps back" kinda year for me, unfortunately.

        It's looking like 2019 will be a lot better, so (´・ω・`)
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        Old 2 Days Ago (5:52 PM). Edited 2 Days Ago by Tsutarja.
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          Not really sure how to describe it. On paper my life is pretty good and I managed to do a lot of interesting things this year but it just feels like more of the same and I'm ready to move on. I'm not the kind of person that likes to stay in the same place for too long and at the end of this year it'll mark 3 years since living here, I'm ready for a new chapter but can't start that chapter just yet.

          I guess you could describe my 2018 as good but discontent. The first half of 2019 will be much the same too.
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          I really just scrub it in the colours' thread, so I think I can write much deeper transformation of Janp in the year 2018.

          TL;DR: I'm optimistically hanging at the grey area of the morale and I'm adamant about changing the future more that ever. And I enjoy life.

          I was depressed, tired and fed up with everything at the start of the year. I'm not even sure why, but everything was just meh at the time. Well, to be honest, I might know what happened - thanks to the psychology that I hate so much. According to one of my psychology teacher, people tend to get depressed when everything is going great and they don't have a any goal for a long time. And at that time I really had no goal to pursuit. So I decided to find something to chase.

          This state lasted until the start of the March when you know what happened. I quit PC for a week after that and in this week I got to the lowest point of my depression. And at that moment, it was all gone and I felt better. Like with a snap of the finger I felt so optimistic and happy about everything. I wanted to keep it that way and after being inspired by the people around me I started working on my teaching "manifest" I was talking for years now.

          And during this time in spring/summer I realized something. I'm not nice person anymore. It might not leak here that much, but now I tend to criticize people and argue with them more. I also go for the physical fight more now. Well, there is saying in my country that "the year can be called good only if you had a good fistfight." And I can say that this year can already be called really great.

          Another thing that I know about myself but was able to somehow control is breaking the "laws" to get what I want. So far anything that started with malevolent motive turned into something good. For example during spring exams I considered for a long time to hack my uni's servers to get myself on the better date of the exam. I changed my mind in the end, but, I figured out algorithm of the login names and passwords and was able to write program to crack them. In the end I decided not to use it and instead went to the head of the IT department and told him about this hole in the system. If I already wasn't considered to be one of the top students in there until that point, after I was.

          I also find it more annoying when people want something from me now. During summer I had literally no free time for me because I was helping others. It got to the point that I was finished helping someone, sit down and at that exact moment was called to help that same person again with something else. Multiple times per day.
          When I was in Paris, I was buying ice-cream when someone started chatting with me and asked me for help, which I was about to go with, but at that moment I got tackled by someone else and they took my wallet. I was able to get it back, but about 100 € was gone. And so I decided that I'll only help people under 2 conditions: I must be interested in the matter of the help and they have to pay me in some way back. That was in September and so far people were able to live with it.

          But to bring out more optimistic transformation. I'm now more optimistic about the future. I made new friends and also inspired many people to give their best for changing the system. And thanks to these people I'm slowly able to find out what it means to be "perfect teacher". But I already mentioned this earlier. I'm not there yet, but now I feel like it's doable in the matter of years and not decades.

          And so I get to the October and November, where I kinda started to use all the things above. New school semester started in October and I gain more material to work with. I also started teaching for real. It's one boy, but today I learn that he got B from the exam. He was getting D and F before, so it's a good news.

          Oh and PC? I like what it become in the 2018 and enjoyed working with people here. I miss few that left in March, but I lot of them are slowly returning here. I'm looking forward to the 2019.
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            Does hate for certain people I work with count for anything? Other than that I can't say much.
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            I have put on roughly 15 pounds and feel a ton better. I've always been extremely underweight so finally getting to average weight is pleasing for me.


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            I haven't achieved nearly as much as I'd like. I'm still broke, sick and nowhere near living up to my potential while the people I grew up with are mostly moving along with their lives and reaching milestones.

            It's not been devoid of achievement though I guess. I've had a small degree of success learning to draw, have proved to myself I can handle long form fiction writing afterall with my fic and I've started writing up a backlog for what I hope will be a web serial or novel one day. So... it's not been a total failure but it's not been good enough.
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            Old 18 Hours Ago (5:08 AM). Edited 18 Hours Ago by LadyJirachu.
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            In many ways, this year was rather...strange to me. Like sometimes it was super positive, others it was just scary o_o


            The positives I probably overall am more focused on than the negatives^^

            Like, I was super cheery this spring, and my crush on korrina seemed to help with that. I started more than ever wanting to enjoy being girly over time, too (with clefairy as my favorite pokemon for about a month over it), and...and....

            At THE END OF SEPTEMBER, this year, i got over two super crippling word phobias of mine I thought I would NEVER get over :) That was just such a blessing for me. It shows more than ever how much i'm just improving now.

            And like last year i kept making tons of new friends.

            And I made some awesome new friends IRL this year too (and for years we were pretty isolated o.o).

            So, overall....

            This was actually a really good year for me ^_^
            Oh and pretty much all of this year i've been super into pokemon stuff like i was in 2004 again xD
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            I didn't make this but its wonderful and beautiful :3 x3

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            Jackster is a good friend of mine on this forum so be nice to him please.
            I wanna make other good friends here too ^_^
            Being girly is wonderful!!!!! :D

            And Pokemon is forever special to me :)
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            In 2018, I've come to the conclusion that it's time to make a few adjustments in every single part of my life. I think I may have hit a low this year, too.

            2019 will be my year, I can promise that.
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