2021 in Review
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Like 2020, 2021 was trash. But a different kind of trash? It was also big and transformative and important. I’m still grateful to be alive, housed, and fed.
I’m stepping into 2022 with no goals, only vibes. These are the vibes:
Here are some 2021 highlights.
I got into a car accident. Some ding dong ran a red light and t-boned me. I got a chemical burn from the airbag and repairs took three months, but otherwise I was fine, and me being there meant two pedestrians and a dog didn't get hit and almost certainly die.
Hell froze over and I experienced proper snow for the first time in a long time. In Texas of all places! I tend to speak in jest about The Big Freeze, but it was actually two of the most strange and difficult weeks of the pandemic, which is impressive. I'm from Northern Michigan so I'm no stranger to cold, snow, and iced over roads, but this sucked in a way that winter in Michigan never does. The roads were unplowed and unsalted and therefore undrivable, grocery stores ran out of food, we couldn't heat our home, and water had to be boiled to be made potable. The cold was relatively mild, but it was a uniquely horrific kind of cold, because millions of folks were without power or knowhow to safely stay warm. Texans know hurricane and flood safety, but reasonably don't prep to survive several days in below-freezing temps. Homes were destroyed by burst pipes. Hundreds of people died. Millions others spent almost two weeks cold and stressed and scared. Fuck. I can barely believe it was this year, or that it even happened. What a mind-bending two weeks.
It became safe-ish to return to the bouldering gym, and over the course of the year I've become a much better climber. I climb v4s now and sometimes even v5s!
I quit my job and took most of the summer off to garden, climb, and take a road trip to visit my friend Olivia in Arkansas.
- I got tattoos. Four of 'em.
- I tried to start a new blog, but well, life got in the way. Maybe it'll happen in 2022.
- I turned 29, which so far is a beautiful and messy age.
- I started a new job.
- Some big personal stuff happened that doesn't belong on a public blog.
I spent a bunch of time back home in Michigan visiting with my family and old friends.
- Even more big personal stuff happened that doesn't belong on a public blog.
- I started burn school.
- I started writing poems, which definitely don't belong on a public blog.
2021 was devastatingly painful at times, but it also had countless moments of pure joy, all thanks to good friends and good dogs. Lots of dogs.
If you made it through the wall of dogs, congrats and welcome. This is where I get real and say what’s actually on my mind. Here goes. All we have is each other, we’re all going to be dead soon, and love is the most important thing. Let’s all try to make some weird and beautiful art/food/love/etc this year, yeah? Ok bye. Thank you for being a friend.