Last year, I made a New Year's Resolution to lower my expectations in 2010
. It has, on the balance, proven to be the best idea in Resolutions I've ever had--for I find myself on the cusp of 2011 feeling ever so slightly optimistic
From a professional standpoint, 2010 has not been a bad year. I've resigned myself to the realization that I am a thoroughly mediocre self-promoter. Perhaps I lack an essential narcissism (and I write that with regret, believe it or not). And that's okay because I've nevertheless been invited to publish and lecture multiple times over--even when I wasn't doing my usual darnedest to kick doors open--and all of the best opportunities have come when I've least expected it. The kindness of strangers this year has not failed to floor me...particularly when those who upon whom I otherwise depend just couldn't be bothered.
No reason not to be specific: I'm especially grateful to the Rutgers sociology department
, the University of Venus blogging collective
, the Mount Holyoke College Program in Asian Studies
, and the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
editors. Many thanks as well to the Middlebury Japanese School
, which became a home away from home this past summer, and to Facebook
friends and Twitter
followers, who have helped keep me sane.
The foundations for 2011 have already been laid. I've done my level best to better my situation--no regrets--but if everything I've striven for this year comes to nothing in the next, my Resolution is to learn to live with it.