How do you measure a year?

… as the cast of Rent sang: in daylights in sunsets in midnights in cups of coffee, in inches in miles in laughter and strife in fivehundredtwentyfivethousand six hundred minutes, how do you measure a year in the life? How about love?

I believe my year was measured in:

2 weeks of sleepless nights.

3 weeks of complete company and support every lunch hour by colleagues.

50 lunches and coffees with friends in the immediate weeks after to chew the fat.

2 unknown flatmates with 80 friends who organised 12 parties in the weeks I was there to keep my spirit going.

10 very confused and grey area weeks.

1 trip to New York that made it all clear.

1 best friend who ensured I could live with her.

52 Strada pizzas with Sura.

4 weekends away with different sets of but equally loved uni-girls.

1 one-woman show.

16 Dutch friends who showed their support on a random Thursday in Rotterdam.

1 severe fall from faith

2 potential dates I declined.

1 lust crush which gave me hope for the future.

1 ten-year anniversary get together with old friends.

4 pregnancy announcements around me.

1 set of parents who are the rocks of my life.

1 very cool sister who can pull things in perspective.

3 trips to Scotland.

1 ongoing rehabilitation of faith.

45 trips to the cinema to get inspiration.

107 blogs to write about things that inspire me… or just strike me odd.

1 set of straight teeth after freak accident.

1 death that made me reflect on my life.

9841 dreams still to pursue.

Tonight I was thinking about the year gone by when the credits of the film on tv started to roll and I heard Minnie Driver sing:

So laugh in your loneliness
Child of the wilderness
Learn to Be lonely
Learn how to love life that is lived alone.

Not in a sad way, all in a good way: yes- this year I have managed to learn to love a life that is lived alone (not lonely!).

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