As I look back on 2014, I don't think "2014" exists as an entity. There's no major flavor that's been consistent from January 1 to today. I had my stint of attending school events every night while training for the marathon last winter. There was the summer of attending conferences and writing my dissertation until 1:30am. There was the start of my 5th year at Baldwin, the defense of my PhD work, and the beginning of my service as the Senior Class sponsor. I've gone from being frustrated with my seniors last winter, to missing them as they graduated, to attending their graduation parties all summer, to being optimistic and impressed with a new group this fall...to currently being frustrated with some elements of the new class. A year doesn't seem long when you look back over it (in fact it only lasts a second in memory) but it's filled with more diversity than a single blog entry can hold.
Has 2014 been my best year yet? It's hard to say: I had my best haul of Christmas toys in 1992. I had the most dynamic year in 2010 (graduated college, married, new job), I had the most anticipated year in 2006 by graduating high school, and somehow summer 1996 seems to be one of the most memorable. Even so, 2014 easily felt like one of the best professional years so far. It's like a runner who's finally through the first terrible mile or two and is now cruising down the road. There's much more to do, and many new steps ahead (hopefully in 2015), but I think I've done about as well as I could have hoped in 2014. Hopefully we all have.
So here's to 2015! We've been waiting for "the future" since 1985 and it's finally here. See you out there.