If New Year’s Eve is known for anything, it’s alcohol, fireworks, debauchery, reflection, and resolutions. So, in the true spirit of the holiday, here is a list of the top 10 things I will remember 2014 for (in no particular order):
1) AZ–>MA: Yes, as you all know, this year I moved to from the hot yet lovely Phoenix, AZ to the cold and also lovely Boston, MA. So, of course, this was a huge change and will not ever be forgotten. I’m lucky to attend BU and be studying what I love with the most supportive and talented people I have ever met.
2) Do a Headstand, Wear an Ankle Brace: In case anyone missed it, I managed to not only sprain my ankle this semester, but also strain my tendon. From numerous doctor’s appointments, to xrays, to a walking boot, to physical therapy exercises, and finally to semi-healed, I’ve never been more thankful for the ability to walk (and dance and do yoga…).
3) Cry Like a Human: I was forced (because theatre) to learn how to get in touch with my emotions this year. Which means, for the first time in probably forever, I cried without feeling like shit afterwards or feeling weak during. And that is huge.
4) Patience is a Virtue (Not One That I Have…Yet): 2014 will forever be known as the year that I began learning how to be patient. For someone who has worked in theatre for almost her whole life, I’m the most impatient person I know. And while I don’t ever expect that I will be known for being patient, I can hope that I’ll at least take time to enjoy where I am.
5) Love and Other Stuff I No Longer Want to Talk About: As much as I hate to admit it, and try to forget about it, 2014 was the year that I experienced my first real heartbreak. It’s surprisingly more shitty than it appears in the movies and just as hard to move on from.
6) Inappropriate Songs: I’ve had a fear of singing for years. This past year, I finally sang onstage (twice!) for the first time in a long time. All it took was an extremely talented little sister and a few exceptionally inappropriate songs for her to be singing.
7) Pomp and Circumstance: Oh yeah, I graduated from high school. I almost forgot that I did that. In true Willa-fashion, I live tweeted the entire, brutally long and poorly organized, event. In all honesty, it wasn’t an exciting occasion. Our speakers were mediocre at best and the whole thing was very lovey-dovey about the school. But it happened and that’s what matters.
8) Make New Friends: Moving to Boston was one of the most life changing things to happen to me this year, but even more life changing was meeting all of my now best friends. I can’t imagine my life without the incredible girls I’ve grown so close to.
9) Planning for the Future: This year I fully embraced my natural desire to plan things out and organize everything. I’ve never felt more in control of my own future. It’s the most liberating thing I’ve come to terms with this year, and probably one of the best.
10) Write: To finish off this list, I started this blog. This life-changing, wonderful, burdensome, stressful, relaxing, beautiful blog, that all of you take time to read. And I’m so incredibly thankful for it. Here’s to blogging!
Happy New Year to all of you, I hope your 2014 memories are not terribly cringe-worthy, and that your 2015 moments are better than you hope. xo, Willa