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Looking back on 2013

December 13, 2013 - Nick Dutro
After last week’s article, in which I discussed Christmastime (or winter, really), I got thinking about what this time of year signifies outside of the holiday season. As well as being full of family, food, music and colors, it also marks the end of the year.

Somewhere between the commercials advertising liquidation of last year’s stock and media outlets inundating my RSS feed with “Best Of” lists (speaking of, mine will be coming in the next two weeks), I’m reminded that it’s time to say goodbye to 2013. And while I do look forward to the possibilities of every new year, part of me is looking back on this as a year of changes, and potentially a sign of the future to come.

For me, 2013 has been a year of growing. In some aspects, that has meant maturing, but in other ways I’m noticing many milestones that remind me that I’m a youth no more. For instance, the gap between my college years and 30 is more lopsided toward the milestone age. The music on the radio rapidly is becoming less to my taste (which I really noticed as I was considering a new artist as my favorite for the year), I had little interest in some comedy films I would have been excited for years past, and I’m starting to think about actually putting money away for the future rather than the upcoming weekend.

I’m a 27-year-old who’s complaining about feeling old.

But before I really try to paint a picture of a man who is feeling well beyond his years, I should say that it is not all a matter of yearning for my youth, as I’m starting to appreciate what it means to be adult. For the first time I’m embracing the idea of responsibilities and positive lifestyle changes necessary for maturity, not running from them. It’s a strange feeling, but one I’m more comfortable with today than I was this time last year.

On the other hand, the changing of the date also feels like just another blip in the holding pattern that has become my life, as it marks a spot between my engagement and upcoming nuptials (I swear, I’ll tone it down in this department after the holidays). While I can look back on 2013 as the year I proposed to the love of my life, it’s a reminder that it will be more than eight months before we are actually married. Although that should leave us with plenty of time to consider seating charts.

Although now that I think of it, today is Dec. 13, which means there are two weeks yet before New Year’s and I really have to start putting stock in my plans for 2014. Actually, today’s FRIDAY the 13th, I guess I should probably consider watching “Nightmare Before Christmas” tonight for that “two great tastes” of scary and holiday.

What I’m reading: I just finished “The Nobody” and the first volume of “Animal Man,” both written by Jeff Lemire and published by DC. Lemire just announced he’s finishing his run on the latter book, and after reading his first chapter, I’m excited to read the rest.

What I’m listening to: Despite my best efforts, mostly Christmas music.


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