Reflection 2013 - A Year In Review

What can I say about 2013…

It’s surreal to see just how quickly a year can pass. But it’s even more surreal to reflect back and see just how much you can do with 365 days, if you use them right. The people. The places. The experiences. The memories.

For me, 2013 was about personal growth - about mental maturity. About finding out who I was, and not being afraid to be this person, regardless of what other people would think. It was about saying no to things I didn’t feel fit with my life, and more importantly, pursuing the things that did. And interspersed between all that were great memories, some failures, and most of all, some amazing people.

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From moving downtown into the heart of one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen, to getting/building some amazing opportunities to give back to the community. From failing on a few companies to having it give way to the strongest team I have ever worked with. Getting to unplug and relax, spending a week sailing the Caribbean with 20 people I had never met and to seeing the look in my parent’s eyes, as their son graduated from university.

2013 taught me that life isn’t a sprint, nor would it be fun if it was. It’s about doing the small things every day that will slowly build your life into what you want it to be. It taught me that to achieve your goals, you need to focus on the stuff that most people won’t see. It’s the stuff you do behind closed doors, the “prep work”, that matters most.

But above everything, 2013 taught me that it is truly the people that you surround yourself with that makes life worth it. 

To all the people who have helped me, influenced me, mentored me, gave me feedback, gave me advice, hugged me, laughed with me, worked with me, or simply made a few moments of my life more enjoyable, thank you.

Into 2014 we go.

Julian DeSchutterComment