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2008 has come and gone. Damn, what a year. It certainly has had its ups and downs. No doubt about that. As of right now it is 9:06, and I am sitting here typing away. It is only a few hours until the ball drops in Times Square and I can’t help but think about the past 365 days. Well, not really. But for the sake of this post, I will.

Sometimes when I look back at ’08 I can’t help but smile and wipe a tear from my eye as I watch it go away like a mother watches her child go off to college. Great strides have been taken in all areas of my life. I’ve learned that there is still hope for superhero movies, that it’s not about the amount of your fans, but the quality of them. I’ve learned that great minds don’t always think alike. I’ve learned that forgiveness and second chances are what makes our lives run. I’ve gained a lot of new friends, and improved the ones I already have. I’ve seen some of the best movies this year, played some of the best games also. 2008 was a great year for both these huge parts of my life, and ’09 seems just as promising.

As I look back I realize that I’ve grown up a lot this year. This year was the first year that weekends were spent sleeping instead of gaming. That breaks were spent outside instead of in. That holidays were just an excuse to get off of school instead of just to…holiday. I find my tastes for video games and movies are maturing a bit and so is the way I think. I look at things in a slightly different light now. Whether that’s good or bad I don’t know.

I know 2009 will bring a lot of new and, possibly, exciting challenges. I’m sure that some of these will be harder than others but that’s part of the fun in my opinion. Either way, ’09 should be a good one.

Happy New Years, everyone.