So this is it. The end of 2008 is almost here and what a year it was. I usually don’t do this at the end of a year, to look back and think: was it a good year or was it a bad year overall?
Well, if I do this for 2008 I would say it was a good year. There were bad times, too, but this year I think the brighter colours outweigh the dark ones. We had the best time together for the first months of this year. We knew our time together would end at some point and this was probably a dark colour. But then, we could be sure that we will remain friends and the physical distance would not change that. So far it turned out to be true and I am sure it will remain the same for the future.
It was hard to say good bye this summer. Good bye to friends but also the place Liverpool. I know it sounds strange but after three years I called this place and the Lodge “Home”. It is hard to leave home especially when you know that at that point, there won’t be a return to this home again. We all set off for a new world and we were all hoping to find bright colours out there. We had to find a new home and it took a while for me to find it. Now I am more than happy with my new home and I am sure you guys are or will be at some point, too.
Work proved difficult for me and this is certainly the biggest challenge that I will carry over into 2009. It remains a problem but I am confident that destiny (or whatever you wanna call it) will find a way to solve this as well. At the moment I am not too worried about it.
We live in a world of complete madness. Looking at what is happening again down in Gaza and Israel is something that will never get into my head. I will never understand it. Not so much this conflict – there are many many more on earth – but that we as humans didn’t get anywhere during the last centuries. Yes, we evolved on a technological level and we believe we evolved on a human level, too. But we did not. Yes, we don’t hunt down witches anymore but the motifs we follow nowadays are not better or more valid. Poverty is still one of the biggest problems on earth, the climate WILL be another really massive problem and international crime and terror won’t be gone when we wake up on the 1st of January 2009.
But on the background of all the huge and massive challenges we are facing as humans and not as people of a certain country I decided that I will do what I can in my own little world to make a difference. I will respect the people around me, will meet everyone with an open and free mind, not judging him before I even know the person. I won’t let the water run while I brush my teeth and try to shorten the time in the shower. I will recycle my rubbish as much as possible and I will try to have as much fun as possible in the nature that surrounds me all the time. Basically I will go on as I did this year. For me this is the basics and these are all things I can do for myself. They might be small, but I think they are human.
So for 2008, I am officially signing off. Have a good start into 2009 and I shall see you all on the other side, the brighter side which is 2009!