A Hibike! Euphonium 2016 Calendar, Some Reflections on 2015 and Looking Ahead to 2016
January 1, 2016
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“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” —Helen Keller
For the past two years, I’ve been welcoming the New Year with Girls und Panzer Calendars, but this year, I’m going to do something different: I’ll present the Hibike! Euphonium 2016 calendar for its excellent artwork (I’ve become quite a fan of Kumiko), and because there’s a Girls und Panzer post coming up in just a bit. Before I delve into a 2015 reflection and outline some resolutions for 2016, I’d like to take this time to thank all of the readers who’ve motivated me to continue writing: 2015 was a phenomenal year for The Infinite Mirai, featuring some 135 new posts, a fair bit of good discussion with the readers, among them Jusuchin (Military Otaku), cloudst12, Edward and Neomo, and a four blogging awards (two of which are freshly-published: the Creative Blogger Award and the Free Spirit Award: all awards can be viewed by hovering your mouse over “About Infinite Zenith” in the menu up top). The folks coming from Facebook, Twitter and Reddit also earn a heartfelt thank you; my site metrics show that this blog and social media appears to play quite nicely together. Without fellow bloggers and readers to keep things going, I’m not sure if I would have had quite the same level of motivation to keep The Infinite Mirai as active as it presently is. So, looking back on 2015, a hell of a lot of things happened; that much is apparent from the blog posts, which paint 2015 as a year of adventure despite a shakier start, and looking back, I think I’ve fulfilled my resolutions.
Now, for 2016, my resolutions are quite simple: I will strive to finish my graduate studies to the best of my ability, and make a concerted, serious effort to make the transition between academics and industry one that is as smooth as can be reasonably expected. I also resolve to not concern myself with matters of the heart and wield my freedom to continue exploring the world around me; in these crucial times, career, finance and health are my absolute top priorities, and a relationship might not be what I need at this point in time. My simpler resolutions remain unchanged from last year: I aim to read all the unread books on my bookshelf, and finish the games that I’ve still not beaten since last year. These ones seem far easier than the other resolutions, which will be a challenge, as those entail my future, but I live for a good challenge. In closing, Happy New Year 2016, everyone, and thanks for taking the time to read this blog! May your 2016 be productive, meaningful and fulfilling!