I can’t say this year has been life-changing. I can’t say I have a huge accomplishment to associate this year with.
But maybe, just maybe, 2011 could be my last year in this world. 2011 could be the last year in my life where I say nothing has happened. Because in 2012, I could find death or a new future. In 2012 I could look back at this post and laugh, or cry, or look away.
2011 may not have been a big year for me. But the small things are what count. The small things are what amount to something big.
In 2011 I went from 15 books that I knew cover-to-cover to more than a hundred. I went from being a teen to an official adult. I went from being a high school student to a high school graduate. I went from being lonely to having friends like you all over the world in love with books as much as me.
In a way, 2011 has been special.
In a way, 2011 has made me special.
And I have a few very special people to thank. More than anyone, Melina, who probably knows me more than I know myself, despite the fact that she has never even seen me. Without you, Melina, I don’t think I would have gotten past AKB. I live for our late-night Gmail chats.
To HD, for being the awesome blogger who actually thinks I’m funny. For being able to tell me in all caps how much he loved a book, and for me to reply the same. For sending me reassuring words I never thought anyone would say to me. I don’t know how I went two-thirds of the year without knowing you.
To Katie for being a good friend. For chatting with me during your boring Astronomy class and tweeting with with crazies at night. I can’t wait to meet you in person.
Lisa, Britta, Ashelynn – you guys are always there when I need some reassurance. Ashelynn, thank you for telling me you’ll be my friend only when I give you chocolate. Lisa, thank you for Hourglass and all those tweets putting me on top of the world. Britta, thank you for being the other half of this #oldmarriedcouple. I don’t even remember when we started that joke.
September 2010 may be when I started blogging, but 2011 is when it all really began. No one will never know how much blogging has changed my life. But know this: it has changed.
See you next year.