Education, Thoughts

What I Learned This Year

I’m not cool enough for anyone to ask me to write one of these. Luckily this is the 21st century and I don’t have to wait for someone else to provide me with the means to do so. So here we go!

2010 was probably the shittiest of all years, so 2011 had only one direction to go… UP. 2011 offered juxtaposition to my brother’s death in 2010 with weddings. Lots of them too. Which brings me to the first thing I learned this year. Weddings are way better than funerals.

2011 wasn’t without loss though. We lost Steve Jobs in October. His advice to “stay hungry, stay foolish” is my adopted modus operandi. It’s driven me to expand my creativity in new ways. It’s guided me from New Orleans, to New York and back to San Francisco. In the last year is driven my passion to master a new craft. With that said, another thing I’ve learned this year is that you can never stop learning. I only wish we could live long enough to learn all the universe has to offer. The good news? If you stay hungry and foolish enough, you’ll learn the limit in your lifetime.

In June, I was given the chance to work in Washington, D. C. This provided me with my next two lessons. The first one is that true friendships can stand the test of time. 8 – 10 years had passed since I had last seen Chris, but we picked up right where we left off. It was like we saw each other the day before. It was awesome to feel that connection to someone.

The other lesson from D.C. came from a group of Muslim high school students. The big send off for the YES program was your typical high school dance. Seriously, go to Anywhere, USA and watch a high school dance commence. You couldn’t tell the difference. This lesson was an affirmation of my belief that we are all the same.

The last knowledge I’ll drop in your lap is to stay true to yourself. Sounds mighty cheeky doesn’t it? Well after losing the most important person in my life in 2010 I can attest that the road you’re on has bends and forks throughout it. During these times of tribulation the hardest thing to do is to keep your head up and be true to yourself. So no matter what 2012 brings you I hope that you can take these lessons I’ve learned and build upon them. Because shared knowledge moves the human race forward.

If I don’t post again before 2012, stay safe and happy new year!


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