As it’s the last day of 2011 I think it’s time to look back on my year and see how it was and if I’ve learnt anything from it.
January: I returned to uni for the start of a new term and things seemed pretty good. Looking back it seems that I went out and got drunk quite a bit as well as doing other fun things like going to the zoo and London for a day. It wasn’t all good though as there was some tension in the house and I somehow managed to destroy various people’s opinions of me which I think even now have not been completely restored. I was also fixated on a girl at that time which I realise now is a mistake. Fixation like that is only ever likely to lead to heartbreak.
February: Mostly a rather good month, apart from a lapse in the middle where I barely left my room for days. Once again I had several brilliant nights out, one when my mate Chris came to stay which was probably one of the best nights of the year. I also reaching new levels of being a geek when I travelled all the way to Bristol for the Nintendo 3DS launch event. I loved it so much I pre-ordered the console there and then, which it turns out was a good decision, though perhaps not financially. I think February gave me the realisation that I didn’t have to be the shy, weird guy I always came across as and could be however I want to be. The month changed me and I even joined the uni gym and lost a fair bit of weight.
March: Despite containing my lowest point of the year, March was actually a rather good month. For a while everyone hated me once when I was having a huge lowpoint and refused to leave my room despite an army of people trying to get in. I was avoiding everyone but particularly upset one person and ended up awkwardly telling them we’d talk when I got back as I tried to close the car door in her face. I have literally no idea what happened to me then. It was all OK in the end though and from that point the month went rather well. I became nineteen and had a little party and my gadget collection became updated with a new laptop and the arrival of my 3DS. I did a presentation dressed ridiculously and I also stayed with my housemate Josh at his home in Norfolk for a few days, which was really rather awesome.
April: Most of April was my Easter Holidays and so very little actually happened. I had a few days out with my best mates and there was a sort of reunion as I saw a load of other mates for the first time in months and months. Beyond that not much happened. Doctor Who returned though which was brilliantly news and I was very excited by.
May: Another fairly unexciting months but nothing went wrong so I can have few complaints about it. My love of comics first started in May when I went to Free Comic Book Day which started me off on the Flashpoint series and was the start of my newest obsession. And for reasons I never really discovered, my friend Louise took me on the Doctor Who locations tour in Cardiff. It was a long day but I loved it. And I now have photos of me pretending to me various members of the Doctor Who cast in the exact locations they filmed things. That was pretty awesome.
June: Month of the year! I had another day trip when I went to London with Book Club but two weeks of the month were spent on placement in school. This went much better than the first two weeks in the previous December what with me getting an excellent report and teaching several lessons, including one where I spent most of it pretending to be Captain Cook. My first year of uni finished and I was very happy. It has been quite a struggle at times and the fact that I’d proven to myself I could cope was fantastic and that last day was something else. Loads of people said by to me and said some really lovely things and I felt a huge sense of belonging. It was perhaps the happiest I have ever felt in my life.
July: It began with moving into my new uni house, where I ended up with the basement room. It felt weird living there for a few days but I had an awesome time with the housemates that were there especially at the bizarre Winchester Hat Fair, which sees loads of street performers arrive in town. I then accompanied my family on an enjoyable holiday in Majorca, though I couldn’t help feeling that I was a bit old for the type of family holiday we were having. It was mostly enjoyable though and I came back with quite a tan. When I was back home I went and saw the final Harry Potter film (the emotion!) and spent another couple of days in Winchester, with a different combination of housemates this time. It was all a bit mad and every morning I woke up I didn’t know where I would find myself. It was rather brilliant to live like that though.
August: Dullest month of the year! After two wonderful months, August was a massive letdown. It was my summer holidays and pretty much nothing happened. I worked a bit and went out with friends a few times with the annual Bournemouth Air Festival being one of the best days out. My phone got broken too so I couldn’t really contact anyone. I mostly just sat in my room doing nothing. It was quite rubbish.
September: It continued on with August to begin with but at least I had a great few days with Chris and Mike as we stayed in my uni house, though the night life in Winchester is non-existent out of term time. We watched The Inbetweeners Movie during those few days which was so brilliant and hilarious. After a couple more dull weeks I returned to Winchester for the new term and had a great laugh with my friends after the long break without seeing each other. I also entered a new era of trouser wearing and replaced by jeans with much more comfortable trousers that suit me much more.
October: Social difficulties amongst the friendship group made life much worse again. It was all rather unpleasant. However, October was also the month of different night’s out. I went to the rock night in Winchester, Detention, which I found myself rather enjoying apart from the enormous queue at the bar and I also went out in Southampton with friends Chris, Paul, Mike and Mike’s housemates. That was an awesome night but the best was one out in Bath with Chris, where he goes to uni. It was somewhat made worse though by being extremely ill the next morning, probably from a combination of alcohol and dodgy sausages.
November: Not a lot happened in November. I was just busy going to seminars and writing assignments. I had a massive Pizza Hut meal one night, went to the opening of the Christmas Market with a lantern parade and professional ice skaters and randomly went to London for the day by myself, where I really enjoyed spending time at the British Museum. I did finally find out the true thoughts of the girl I liked for most of the year and it became obvious that is was never going to happen. But I got over it as one must.
December: At least the year ended pretty well. My parents visited which was nice and I had a night out which finally increased my self-confidence when it comes to the opposite gender. I was rather hungover though for the arrival of Chris for another weekend stay but then we both went out the next night and had a brilliant time. The whole weekend with Chris around was excellent. There was one more week at uni then which featuring some fun lectures and our friendship group had our home-cooked Christmas meal and did secret santa. The Christmas holidays saw a few awesome days at work and a couple of shopping days with friends as well as a night at the pub seeing all those friends I hadn’t seen since Easter. All in all, it’s been awesome.
Instinctively I want to say that 2011 was a terrible year but actually when I look back I’ve got more good things to say about it than bad. I’ve certainly changed this year and in fact the me of a year ago would struggle to recognise the me of today, both physically and metaphorically. I have been out and got drunk a fair bit like students are stereotypically supposed to and had days out to Cardiff, London, Bristol and many more. I have to thank all the people who helped get me through an often challenging year with the two best at that being Chris and Mike. And also to you reading this for being a loyal reader over 2011. And if you weren’t I hope you will be next year!
That’s me done. See you next year!