2014 has ended and I’m supposed to be doing an essay, but I saw Georgie taking this questionnaire again so I thought I’d give it a go. I may as well get a degree in procrastination because I’m so good at it.
1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
I graduated. I went to burlesque dancing lessons. I got my driving license. I bumped my car. I think I’ll try to forget that last one!
2. Did you meet any of your important goals this year? What are your goals for next year?
I learned how to play a couple of songs on the keyboard and wrote part of a novel, which were part of last years goals. My goals for next year will come soon, but they mostly involve writing more and being happy.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Well, I intended to get a passport this year and go somewhere over Christmas, but that never happened.
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Organisation, motivation, self-restraint. Organisation-wise I am unable to stick to anything, and half the things I was supposed to do were forgotten, though maybe that’s more me setting too many goals at once. For the first five months of the year I managed to be pretty motivated, and spent ages working for my degree. Now I’m doing a Master’s and struggling to do anything at all. And as for self-restraint, I hoped to be healthy eating on a permanent basis by now, but I’ve eaten about four bars of chocolate today so that worked brilliantly.
7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I always remember gig dates. April 11th I saw Within Temptation, May 16th I saw Neil Gaiman, and November 28th I saw Delain. Also on the 26th of June I found out I got a First in my degree, so that was pretty amazing.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a First in my degree. I thought I’d screwed it all up so seeing that after three years of struggling through my degree was amazing. Also passing my driving test was an unexpected achievement. After quitting with my instructor after almost burning out her clutch I never expected to pass at all.
9. What was your biggest failure?
There’s a lot of things I failed at, but I’m trying not to go over all that again. I spent too much time moping over mistakes this year.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I am constantly cutting myself on things at work if that counts. My hands may as well be made out of paper-cuts.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My laptop. Though with the amount of time I spend on it, it could also be considered the worst.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All of my friends for being there for me through the tough times. This time last year I felt so alone, but now I know I never will be.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My own, but I’ll leave that one at that.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Food. I now work in a food shop. It is not good for my bank account haha.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My university results. I’m one of those people who sits up all night waiting for them. So basically, I’m an idiot.
16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
What Have You Done by Within Temptation.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
Somehow thinner again. Clearly the amount of chocolate and pizza I eat is good for me.
c) richer or poorer?
Richer I think.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading. Writing. Going to gigs. Seeing my friends. That last one for definite.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Moping around. Being miserable. Avoiding people. 2014 would have been much better if I’d have tried harder to be happy.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent Christmas at home with my family, which was lovely.
21. Did you fall in love in 2014?
Yes. I’ve realised love is about more than just relationships now. I love every single one of my friends and family and that is just as important.
22. Read any good books?
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, Solitaire by Alice Oseman, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Trouble by Non Pratt, Never Ending by Martyn Bedford, Room by Emma Donoghue. I fell back in love with reading this year – I just wish I had time to read more!
23. What was your favorite TV program?
Orphan Black, Orphan Black, Orphan Black. I cannot stress how much I love that program!
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No, I don’t hate anyone.
25. What was the best movie you saw?
Silence of the Lambs. Always Silence of the Lambs.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Delain. They supported at the Within Temptation gig I went to and they were amazing.
27. What did you want and get?
A First in my degree! And an Outstanding First on one of my assignments!
28. What did you want and not get?
Katzenjammer tickets. A girl can dream, though haha.
29. What did you do on your birthday?
I wasn’t very well so I just had a relaxing day at home and bought some stuff.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Learning when enough is enough. Not spending time ruminating over all the bad things, just focusing on the good.
31. Who kept you sane?
My friends. I love them.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I’m not sure on this one, so probably no one.
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
I can’t remember which issues were this year and which were last. But the whole ‘Benefits Street’ issue really got me involved.
34. Who did you miss?
A lot of people. My friends. My Grandma.
35. Who was the best new person you met?
They know who they are.
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
Not to let negative emotions consume me. And that if you put the effort in you will be rewarded. So it’s probably about time I started working at this Master’s degree!
37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I have two for this, the first is Stand My Ground by Within Temptation:
‘I can see
When you stay low, nothing happens
Does it feel right?
Late at night
Things I thought, I put behind me
Haunt my mind
I just know there’s no escape now
Once it sets its eyes on you
But I won’t run, have to stare it in the eye
Stand my ground, I won’t give in
No more denying, I got to face it
Won’t close my eyes and hide the truth inside
If I don’t make it, someone else will stand my ground.’
And the second is from We are the Others by Delain:
‘We are the others,
We are the cast outs,
We’re the outsiders
But you can’t hide us,
We are the others,
We are the cast outs
You’re no longer on your own
If you feel mistreated,
Torn and cheated,
You’re not alone,
We are the others.
Normal is not the norm,
It’s just the uniform…
(We are the others)
Forget about the norms,
(We’re the outsiders)
Take off your uniform,
(We are the others)
We are beautiful,
(We are the others).’
Both of which just express that you shouldn’t be ashamed of who you are and how you should not be afraid to fight to make things better, which is something I’ve learned a lot about this year.
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year!