There were certainly many painful moments in 2008, like my brief career meltdown and the aftermath, which took its toll on several relationships. I think much of this pain came from a lack of commitment and being burned out after the Centennial. It was also hard to have another round of layoffs and see people leave, although it was great to have others come back or stick around.
There were many more exciting and positive moments, like watching Rafa become #1 in the world, especially winning Wimbledon. In other entertainment stuff, I'm happy about Britney's comeback (and looking forward to seeing her in Vegas) and, of course, the huge success of The Dark Knight. The latter gave me much fic fodder and got me writing again, which has been very important.
Physically I was up and down, in pretty good shape and in lousy shape. Seems like I haven't found any consistency, but I keep trying. I spent too much $$ on needless medical tests, and I need to find a new doctor in 2009. Financially I was luckier than many, although the 401k took an absolute dive. Luckily I'm not planning on retiring. Socially I got closer to Tom until he also took a dive, and while some friendships floundered, others flourished or at least remained constant. And of course politically it was an exciting year, sometimes annoying and even maddening, but ultimately satisfying.
I'm thankful that 2008 was as good as it was, while at the same time I'm thankful it's nearly over. I love the start of a new year. It's always so full of promise . . . and this year I feel that more than ever. Tomorrow I'll post about my resolutions.