This January 1st I’m in Japan once again, but this time just for a short stop on my way back to Beijing. I’m watching about 100 naked guys around me, walking to and fro from one onsen to the next, and I thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on life and the past year.
2016 was a good year for me. I had a good job, my wife was happy and healthy, there were no major deaths in the family, pretty much everyone retained their health and jobs as well. I travelled to Japan last winter, then to 10 countries in Europe this summer. My visited country total has reached 39 now! Yes, I count! I got to travel with my mom and also see friends in Europe.
I have continued at a great job, continued teaching online at another job I love, and this year I became the online learning director at my main job. Kind of cool as I have been pushing to get more involved with online learning since I got my master’s degree in it 5 years ago. Now I teach it, direct it, and a recent chat with my school’s principal leads me to believe I will be overseeing the expansion of the program from about a dozen kids this year to 50 next year.
Physically I am in great health, no major problems and my running game is still on, though slipping a bit. I wouldn’t call it a NY resolution, but I plan to run a marathon this coming fall. I’m in a good shape now, but certainly that will mean getting ultra fit by September. If that race goes well I may have another shot at the Tokyo marathon in 2018 as well.
Who knows. Both of my parents retire this year too, so that will be cool as it will probably mean that I will get to see them more and may entice them to travel to see me a bit too. So the year was good and the outlook for 2017 is good too. Happy 2017!