Never before have I stuck to a New Year’s resolution as I did this year. Maybe, that’s because the resolution I made was an easy one to keep. Rather than making resolutions to lose weight or go to the gym more often, I promised to live each day as I do while traveling, keeping a few goals in mind for the year. Those goals were to travel solo, visit Africa, take more chances, be more adventurous, and make more friends. It’s only been six months, but each of these has either been accomplished, or will be accomplished, in a matter of weeks.
This is my favorite time of year. The close of one chapter and the beginning of another. A time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.
Last year, Google put out a video, Zeitgeist 2010: Year in Review, based on how the world searched in 2010. I used the video in class, explaining what zeitgeist meant, “the spirit of the times.” Then I had my students reflect on their year by creating their own personal year in review, just as Google did. They could make a song, create a collage, scrapbook, film a video, write an essay. I accepted any project that helped best to portray their year. The activity was one the students loved, and I was hoping Google would come out with another one for 2011.
Luckily, I was not disappointed because they recently released another video: Zeitgeist 2011: Year In Review. It sums up the year perfectly in an uplifting manner. I plan on using the project again this year, and I am eager to show this to my class. Enjoy!
Tomorrow I will turn twenty-seven, and I am looking forward to it with open arms. It brings with it excitement of new goals to be reached, challenges to face, and the overall anticipation for a new year. With each birthday, I am also reminded of the quote that I used in Travel Makes Life a Daring Adventure:
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” Douglas Adams