Monday, January 3, 2011

you give me a feeling that I...

So here I am, back after a little blogging dry spell with that fresh feeling that the new year always brings (a feeling that is too often short-lived - by many.  I sincerely wish everyone the best of luck in keeping your New Year's resolutions last past February.  All not to be pessimistic, but real.  How about renewing those resolutions every week and not every year?  I'm saying this to myself, as well, so please don't be offended at my seeming lack of faith).  Anyway, happy New Year!  새해복 많이 받으세요!

The countdown this year for me was actually kind of bland.  I saw it happen in New York an hour before it would even be relevant to me.  So ten minutes before midnight (my time), 2011 was old news.  Somehow the fact that the new year actually (technically) happens 24 times all over the world makes it a little less special.  And the next time I saw the clock, at 12:30am, i felt no different than I did approximately 40 minutes before.  I say 'approximately' because during that 40 minutes I wasn't thinking of the new year at all, and my sense of time was nonexistent - I wasn't thinking the "10, 9, 8…, 2, 1" that everyone else in my time zone was thinking. 

I wanna say the new year really happened for me on the 17th of December.  My last final exam of the semester.  That was the real release I had been waiting for ever since I decided I wasn't going to major in biology anymore.  Those final two months (?) or so of my fall semester were really just a drag because I was stuck studying something that no longer meant anything to me.  The only thing that kept me going was my GPA.  I suppose that's the real clue that I shouldn't be majoring in biology.  The only reason I sat through biology and chemistry classes - mind, nowhere does this say that I was awake in said class - was because it was relevant to my then-future-career.  Not because I was interested.  Because it was relevant.  So my new year came a little early.  My countdown was not me, champagne-in-hand watching a shiny ball drop, it was me looking over my chemistry exam for the third time, relieved - although slightly in disbelief - that it was all over.  Glad that I could be excited with no extraneous thoughts or strings attached.

So the new year's bringing good things.  Mainly two.  I'm finally going to get to dive into linguistics and computer science (my new major and minor), and I'm getting another shot at Dance 2xs UIUC (this is the year - I'm going hard ;] ).

and That is all.  For now.

Alicia Keys - Unthinkable, choreography by Shaun Evaristo

and this is just a special treat, cuz Nika's awesome, in every sense of the word.

Willow - Whip My Hair, choreography by Nika Kljun

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