40 questions to ask yourself every year – 2023 edition
What did you do this year that you’d never done before?
Moved to a new city 🎉 Also tasted like billion new foods.
Did you keep your new year’s resolutions?
No, I think it's stupid to make new year's resolutions.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Don't think so 🤷♂️
Did anyone close to you die?
What cities/states/countries did you visit?
I went to Barcelona for Spring conference, Stockholm for Trash Taste -gig and Split for a trip with my friends. All of them were great. My takeaway is that I seem to enjoy traveling more when I do more short trips, than fewer longer trips.
What would you like to have next year that you lacked this year?
More energy. More headspace. More focus. More self-love. More close friends. More appreciation for life. More emotional intelligence. Of course there are bazillion things I want, but let's just try to enjoy the present moment and live one day at a time.
What date(s) from this year will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
• March 3rd – The day I moved from Oulu to Helsinki
• October 28th – The day I did something brave
• December 9th – The day I had eye-opening convo with my sis
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Leaving Oulu was the single biggest achievement and a necessary stepping stone I had to take to become the person who I want to become.
What was your biggest failure?
Idk if I had any major failures, maybe some embarrassing moments. Usually I mask failures as tuition fees (oppirahat, to learn something the hard way)
What other hardships did you face?
Finding new friends in a new city. Coping with loneliness. Accepting that I use alcohol as a social crutch and I need to cut it out to improve my social skills. Facing my trauma.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Some colds and flus, nothing serious.
What was the best thing you bought?
LG C2 77" ....or maybe Lily58. Dunno.
Whose behavior merited celebration?
My sister for being just a pure galaxy brain when it comes to emotions. My brother for making a brave decision.
Whose behavior made you appalled?
Well if I HAD to pick someone there would be one person, but it's not cool to state anything publicly. And generally I think that people try to just maximize their own happiness, and sometimes that leads to appalling someone. That's fine, doesn't mean they have bad intentions.
Where did most of your money go?
Buying new furniture (and TV :D) to my new apartment.
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Fixed gear cycling 🚲
What song will always remind you of this year?
Anything from Juice WRLD really. Guy's a genius and so real if you look past the fact that he's rapping about drugs 99% of the time.
Compared to this time last year, are you: happier or sadder? Thinner or fatter? Richer or poorer?
Happiness: An illusion (sry I just had to copy this one)
Thickness: Probably skinnier but lost most of my muscles as well :'(
Richness: Lost pre much all of my savings when I left Oulu, so poorer when it comes to money. Richer when it comes to my calendar.
What do you wish you’d done more of?
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Spend time on the internet.
How are you spending Christmas?
For the first time in my life I'm not spending it with my parents, but at my sister. So I'm excited to see what Christmas is like in different households.
Did you fall in love this year?
Sure, I fell in love with split keyboards
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don't hate people, that's just waste of brainpower.
What was your favorite show?
Watched lots of movies this year but not too many shows. Probably Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2
What was the best book you read?
Books: This Naked Mind or Lessons in Stoicism
What was your greatest musical discovery of the year?
Juice WRLD :)
What was your favorite film?
Maybe Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, La La Land, Don't Look Up, Before Sunset or Reservoir Dogs
What was your favorite meal?
First dandan noodles I had at Noodle Master Kamppi 🍜🤤
What did you want and get?
If we're talking about material then OLED tv or split keeb I guess
What did you want and not get?
I wanted a new mousepad but was too lazy to get one :'(
What did you do on your birthday?
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I don't like this question because there are million things you can do to improve your life, but the key is to live in the moment and focus on one thing at a time.
How would you describe your personal fashion this year?
Jeans + oversized hoodie, long messy hair
What kept you sane?
Juice WRLD (and my sister)
Which celebrity/public figure did you admire the most?
...once again, Juice WRLD :D
What political issue stirred you the most?
Who did you miss?
My friends & family in Oulu
Who was the best new person you met?
What valuable life lesson did you learn this year?
I feel like I learnt so much this year. I guess the most important lesson was that love is acceptance. Learn to love yourself. Only then can you love others.
What is a quote that sums up your year?
Preoccupied with a single leaf... you won't see the tree.
Preoccupied with a single tree... you'll miss the entire forest.
Don't be preoccupied with a single spot.
See everything in it's entirety... effortlessly.
That is what it means to truly see.
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