Monday, January 29, 2007

Reflections On Another Year #2

This year on my birthday I was having a birthday dinner with some of my friends, including a surprise appearance from my best friend John all the way from Dashwood! And since I recently resurrected my blog, I had the presence of mind to check out last year's review and think about how I felt around this time a year ago. Well, the feelings are similar, namely that I've done a lot of things. But this year I feel like I've developed as a person more than I did last year. Part of that has been by going through difficult experiences too. And that's one part of me that has developed -- the ability to admit my issues more readily and also to learn from my so-called negative experiences. I think one often grows more through things that hurt than through those clear successes in life. So this year, I'll review not just the good stuff.

Good stuff:
  • Submitted my final Professional Engineers Ontario licensing application to PEO (the processing begins in February)
  • Undertook significant new projects and more management responsibilities at GM
  • Bought my first major non-mobile purchase: my house (I am now renting my house to a family, and they're really nice!)
  • Broke my land speed-driving record (yes, 227 km/hour on the Autobahn is faster than last year) in a Mercedes E-Class
  • Wrote 2 more pretty good songs
  • Organised a small but successful campaign to raise money for orphans in India
  • Started dating someone really cool who lives near me
  • Started playing live jazz with my duo/trio at swing dancing nights
  • Became the Musical Director for the musical Godspell, which my church is putting on
Hard stuff:
  • I broke the heart of someone I really cared about
  • My best friend, John, was in a major accident
  • I witnessed my extended and immediate family enter into conflicts that strained our relationships and caused a lot of hurt
  • I learned to accept that I have issues
Things that I've learned:
  • Although difficult to admit to yourself, sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is to remove yourself from their life
  • You can be completely financially organised by spending 2 hours a month on it
  • In many arguments, you can be right or you can be happy, its up to you
  • You can love someone even if you disagree with them or don't understand them
  • If you are offended by something, it is often because you are insecure about something
  • Love does not always conquer practicality
  • Not deciding something is a decision in itself, and usually its a bad decision (I'm relearning this one again and again)
  • Seeing a counsellor/therapist is great way to improve yourself (I'm planning to do this)
  • Your self is made up of your feelings more than your thoughts
  • The drive from Windsor to Toronto feels a lot longer than I used to remember


Sarah said...

This is a nice comprehensive overview of your're being very mindful of your actions and contemplative of your decisions. What a great way to approach life! We should all learn from it!

Kirk Schmidt said...


Speaking of 'achievements', you might want to check out this video

You could beat them!

Mari Kat said...

Daniel... I'm so sorry I forgot your birthday... next time you're in town we'll have to do something special. Or when I see you in Ann Arbor we'll have to. Anyways, Happy 28th!

Patrick said...


I'm so happy you're updating your blog again. Anyway great year end wrap up. I agree with most of it (although sometimes there is cause to be offended and sometimes being right is being happy - but I take your points).



Anonymous said...


It's an honour to have you call me your best friend, and I'm a lucky man to have you as my best friend.

As I journey through my life, I too see a host of changes in my personal approach to life, especially since my MVA of April 03, 2006.

As I contemplate three more upcoming surgeries, legal litigation, and the crap of life, I take solace in meditation, reflection, music, journalling, prayer, and relationships.

I thank you for helping me along my journey, and I want to help you along your journey as well - which includes the hills & valleys of life.

John Drummond