“A Great Year”

December 31, 2014

2014 is drawing to a close and personally, I had a great year. There were outstanding shows, great times spent with family, brand new experiences, and lessons learned. So come with me as I go through what all made this an enjoyable year for me, and what I have in my sights for 2015.

This year was quite fun on the nerd front. I enjoyed Power Rangers Super Megaforce. Well, I enjoyed it once I learned to stop listening to what the “fandom” thought & felt, and just returned to having fun with Power Rangers. The Power Rangers toys were great and fun to collect, with perhaps one exception*cough*Legacy Figures*. We learned that a new Power Rangers movie is coming in 2016, which I am pretty optimistic about. Doctor Who had an OUTSTANDING Series 8, with Peter Capaldi quickly working towards becoming my favorite Doctor. Ghostbusters celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary, and it was a good celebration with the Ghostbusters IDW comic. While the comic has ended, it was still a great run and I’m happy to have been along for the ride. I even got into building some Lego sets this year. Going into 2015, I can’t wait to see what all Power Rangers Dino Charge has in store, what the toys will be like, and I know Doctor Who Series 9 is going to be quite a ride.

I spent a lot of time with family this year. I know I’m in the very small minority in this world, but I love spending time with my parents. They love & support me, and every moment spent with them is never wasted. We went to garage sales, worked on some do-it-yourself projects around the house, took some road trips, and just enjoyed being with one another. Next year I will continue to spend time with my parents, and I don’t care who think it’s silly. These are the people that gave me life, raised me, believe in me, and will always love me. So if loving & respecting your parents is foolish, then just call me a fool.

2014 also brought about a lot of new experiences for me, and I did not expect many of them. I opened myself up to brand new feelings. I drove to places I had never been to, as it had intimidated me before. I took a few day vacations by myself, which provided a good deal of relaxation and rejuvenation. I found myself actually working & repairing machinery, where I never thought I even had the slightest kind of talent for that. I lost 30 pounds and returned to the weight I had when I graduated high school. I even walked away from a job with my head held high. So looking forward to 2015? Well, the new experiences for the coming new year reside in the lessons I learned this year.

Out of everything that happened this year, I am so grateful for everything I learned. A great deal of what I learned came from having to lose things. Much of it started with shedding tons of followers on Twitter & “fans” from the Power Rangers fandom. In learning to have fun with Power Rangers again, I realized that I didn’t need to be around other fans, or have them around me for that matter. I came to see that while Power Rangers is a show that I greatly enjoy, and one that has helped shape my life, it is not anything to get upset about. And it most certainly not something to take to a level of  hurting others for. I think this started opening my eyes to see what was truly important in life. So of course the first & most important thing I saw was my parents. As I stated, I spent a great deal of time with them. Now while I always enjoyed being with my parents, it was this year that I came to treasure these moments all the more, and just forget all the other trivialities of life.

Another big lesson I came to see clearly,thanks to both personal experiences and Doctor Who. Everything Happens For A Reason! I knew this saying, but I never took it to heart until this year. There were events this year that helped me realize that all of the previous life events led me to where I am. I was able to look back and see that if any of those events, good or bad, had changed, I might not be where I am now. But not only does everything happen for a reason, but I came to see that every one of us are connected. My favorite episode of Doctor Who is now “Listen”, but not for the scare factor. No, that episode showed how we are all connect to one another, and in many ways, meant to encounter all those we do in life. Be they long lasting positive relationships, or short smiles & greetings, or even harsh partings. All of our interactions lead us & shape us into who we become, and where we end up.

Now comes the biggest lesson I learned. This one opened my eyes and has forever changed the course of my life. I learned what I want out of life, and I’m going to find it. For countless years, I believed that I was incapable of having love towards anyone besides family. Well, that is no longer true. There were events that transpired this year that finally made me both see & realize that I can love. But not only can I love, I want to be loved. Love is the greatest gift you can give and have given to you, and I want that more than any toy, collectible, DVD, or show. For far too long, I was wrong in my beliefs, and yet I know it was all meant to be. I have all ready begun taking the steps toward finding love, and I know I will find it.

That was 2014 for me. I shed some things, I grew, I changed, and I had a blast. I look towards 2015 with immeasurable hope, optimism and faith. I enter the new year knowing that life is not about money, possessions, websites, fandoms, degrees, or jobs. It’s about family & love, having & treasuring family and those that love you, enjoying the ride, and believing in yourself. In having learned so much this year, I have just one question for anyone still afraid of what life has to offer. What are you waiting for?



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