2011 Annual Review: How was Your Year?

Just like that, 2011 is (almost) gone.

2011 was a big year for everyone…


Obvious Stuff


It was devastating, to say the least. Safe to say we all reminded ourselves (not only Japanese, but everyone who saw those images of tsunami) how short our lives might be. Many are still recovering from it, and we will face more challenges in the coming year, but I hope it will have some kind of side effects and we find a better way of life in long term.

I know event in such a magnitude might not be something I should write in personal annual review post, but it seems impossible not to think about it when I look back this year…


Biggest Item: Checked

At the begging of this year, I promised myself that this year was going to be the year of “taking off.” Quitting my job and taking off to long-term travel. And it was the biggest, and really the only to-do item, and I checked that off. For the first time in a long time, I am really proud of myself this year. Obvious reason why I am writing this post.

One huge sub-task of this was to leave my job successfully, and I believe it all went well too.

All good.


Here is one little secret, though. Around April or something, a tempting idea of putting thing off came to me, but I resisted. Sometimes putting things off sounds really good idea, but looking back, it really didn’t improve anything if I did. You only get older waiting.



2012 will be the simplest year of my life. I will do what I like to do. Travel, read and write. I will travel around the world, visiting places, meeting people. I will read more. I will try reading something long and hard, something require complete attention from me. I will write some blogs, and practice my writing in English and Japanese.

At the same time, though, I will think about what I should do after all these, and lay some groundwork. For some weird reason, I am very optimistic about it…

Oh yes, and I hope the world won’t end.