Looking back on everything I've done over the past year, it seems like my whole life has been leading up to this point. And although I've had my ups and downs, I am generally happier than I've ever been, doing things I really enjoy (writing, sketching, getting paid to read books, watch movies, speak English and explain the idiosyncracies of American culture!). I've made some good friends, live in an apartment where the rent is reasonable, my roommate agreeable, and my landlady does my laundry. I can hop on a bus or train any time and go to a concert, a festival, a museum, or just poke around a new town to say I've been there!
I've also reconnected with music, although I'm one of the five people on the face of the planet who does not own, or want, an iPod. Right now, I'm listening to the dB's on my laptop, and echo their sentiment: "I feel good, good today..." and "It's good to be alive!"