I was going to look back on my 2014 and all my favorite things about it before the years end, but then I realized, the year wasn't over.
I had a couple weeks left of 2014, why waste it by acting like it was over and I could mentally move on to 2015? I still had things I could accomplish, things to watch, things to listen to that came out of a pretty incredible and crazy year. I mean for goodness sake, I haven't even watched the Black Mirror Christmas special yet.
Don't get me wrong, I love looking back, but why spend all of my time looking back when I still have some precious moments left. Memories of 2014 could have still been made. Now, I look on to what 2015 holds, and I have no doubt it will be my most challenging year yet. There's so much I want to do, so much I'm afraid to do, and so many obstacles along the way.
I finished 365 Reloaded in 2014, but the next day, I was planning IV, my next 365 project. I have many ideas in my head, and so many things I want to create that I can't waste the precious moments I had left of 2014.
For those that are my good friends, the ones that really know me and my weirdness, you'll know I'm a huge Rocky fan. 70s and 80s action heroes were the ones I really looked up to when I was younger, because no matter what the obstacle they continued to move forward. Rocky influenced me greatly, because he never saw winning as his goal, he always just wanted to go as far as he could possibly go without giving up. As a kid, it really struck me that the first Rocky movie ended with him actually losing against Apollo Creed, but Rocky was cheering because he was still standing and never got knocked out. He went the distance, and always looked ahead to his next challenge, no matter what it may be.
So I leave you with this quote to carry with you for the rest of year, one that I am constantly repeating in my head (from Rocky Balboa, the sixth Rocky film):
The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place. It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you're hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! - Rocky Balboa