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15 Things I Learned in 2015

December 23, 2015
Things I Learned

What did you learn? Here are 15 things I learned in 2015.

1. Things I learned: Guinness just tastes better in Ireland.

guinnes

2. Things I learned: I can now spot the constellation Perseus, thanks to the Perseid meteor shower we had in August, which I watched from the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Here it is (click to enlarge):

perseus

3. Things I learned: In 2015, it settled in that I’m not invincible anymore. I can’t play hockey as hard as I used to, for example. I remember barrelling into the corners shoulder to shoulder with other players to fight for the puck, but now I play with a bit more caution. It’s frustrating on the one hand, accepting I have limits, but on the other I have developed greater mindfulness about my body.

4. Things I learned: Brussels sprouts grow on a stalk. (I’d somehow pictured them growing from the ground, like a cabbage.)

Brussels

5. Things I learned: I basically gave up making plans on Friday night. Nope, just can’t do it anymore. Friday nights are now a gift of alone time I give to myself once a week.

6. Things I learned: I read the book Quiet, by Susan Cain, and it opened my eyes.

7. Things I learned: Sleeping has been getting steadily harder the past couple of years – 2015 in particular. Is there more stuff in my brain? Do I perhaps need less sleep? I haven’t figured out a solution just yet. Here’s looking at you, 2016, to get my sleep mojo back. How do you do it, Hudson?

hudson

8. Things I learned: For 2016, I need to get a stand-up Varidesk. My back – once a resilient foundation of interlocking vertebrae – has begun to develop a few aches and pains. It’s nothing serious, but I’m also thinking I need this back for many, many more decades, and sitting in chairs for 40 hours a week is just not good for us.

9. Things I learned: The one thing I noticed the most when I visited England for the first time was just how bloody fancy everyone’s shoes are.

england

10. Things I learned: Each year I develop a greater awareness of time, and this year in particular I truly felt the power of what it means to be patient, to work towards something, and to lean back into time – like it’s a wave I’m riding.

11. Things I learned: Apparently Tina Turner lives in a Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I saw her when I was there. Have a look for yourself:

12. Things I learned: I’ve always wanted to write a book, but this year – more than any year before – I realized that I’m ready to do it. Stay tuned.

13. Things I learned: Taking 5 years to be single was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I didn’t deliberately set out to be single for that length of time, but what I did do was approach dating with a very picky, fine-toothed comb – of which, not many potential suitors made the cut. Don’t get me wrong – I wasn’t being a snob. I had just come to the realization that I didn’t want to settle for mediocrity anymore, and it paid off. I’d recommend it.

14. Things I learned: New friends. Old friends. They are all great and important to have.

Friends

15. Things I learned: 2015 taught me that I can “come out” as an introvert to a world that wants me to be an extrovert, and everything will still be okay after.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Patty December 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Beautiful and brilliant as always! xx

    • Reply mdineen December 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks, Patty!

  • Reply Renaldo January 5, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Good stuff. Well written. I didn’t know that about brussel sprouts either. I learnt something too

    • Reply Mike January 5, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      I know, right?! The more you know … 😉

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