A Look Back at 2015 and the Year Ahead

Happy New Year to all! I find it hard to believe that 2015 is now in our past and 2016 is officially upon us. And so it is time to look back on this past year and reflect on my hopes for the new year. 2015 had both its high and low points. Giving a day long presentation at Louisiana College and seeing my relatives while I was there last June was definitely a high point of 2015 for me. On the other end of the spectrum, the low point was losing my friend Joe in a freak motorcycle accident back in February. Over the holidays, I pondered 2015 and compared it to years past. Overall it was a pretty positive year for me.

During the holidays, I sometimes worry about what curve balls life is going throw at me in the upcoming year. My thoughts go back times that were not as great. I consider 2012 to be one of those tougher years of my life. The most tragic event of that year was my maternal grandmother passing away. Yet despite being a hard year overall, there were a few bright spots as well. It was also the year I graduated from UCSB and began public speaking. But I know that any year can be either positive or negative depending how one looks at it. I remind myself that there will be challenges to face in the year ahead. I have never experienced a year of smooth sailing all the way through. No one does. Greater than normal anxieties are a part of having Autism and something I have a hard time controlling. Rather than worry about the hardships that lie ahead, I have been training myself to focus on positive things to look forward to in the new year.

In this new year, I am looking forward to giving more presentations in new places including to a speech and language pathology group in Northern California. It is my hope that these experiences lead to even more opportunity. I also look forward to my trips up to Santa Barbara to see my friends at the Koegel Center and Grandparents who live there. Santa Barbara is still one of my favorite places. A visit there this week will be a great start to this new year. So here's to a Happy and Healthy 2016!