2018 wasn’t exactly fun.
In my sister’s words – “it sucked.”
She’s not wrong.
But I’ve decided to adopt an attitude of thankfulness in life instead of giving in to my struggle with constant complaining. And even when life punches me in the face, then kicks me while I’m lying on the ground (why does it do that?), I’ve determined to find something beautiful or special to acknowledge. Even if it’s just being thankful for my stage fighting classes in high school that taught me how to fall better.
I really should take some more of those.
10 Best Things in 2018
My brother and my cousin each added a little boy to their respective families (babies I can hold and then give back :).
A lot of good movies came out, including, but not limited to – A Quiet Place, Black Panther, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Ant-Man and The Wasp.
Music got to me, including my anthem Stronger by The Score.
I moved in with a roommate, and honestly, it was a great idea.
Some aggressively positive people helped me get over my anger and showered me with care while also challenging me to let go of the past and be better. We are not islands. We need other people to love on us and help us.
I went back to church and the community is helping to heal my soul.
My relationships with my sisters and their relationships became stronger and more authentic – these are the craziest, most loving, strongest folk I could ever ask to have in my life.
I traveled with my awesome mom.
I DP-ed for multiple films and produced a 48 Hour Film Project team. Only being the DP is my new favorite. I’ve always worn multiple hats on set, which is an Indie film normality. But it is much more fun, effective, and less stressful to do just ONE job.
I made it. I’m still here. It took a lot of other people’s help though.
There are plenty of other great things that didn’t make it to this list, such as sword fighting, going on a family vacation, filming my newest film project, hanging with my nieces and nephews, seeing a lot of family I haven’t seen in a long time, filming weddings, book-writing progress, having a screenplay featured in a live read, making massive health strides and so much more.
It’s okay to say it how it is sometimes, because sometimes life really does suck.
But after that acknowledgement, I’m going to focus on the good.
Then I might just punch life back.