The 2017 Appreciation Post

This is one of those posts where I list things I’m appreciative of from the year that has been 2017 because I need to post it in 2017 for it to be valid or something… Is that actually the rule or not? In no particular order:Other than the first. The obvious people to start with are Mum and Dad. Heading towards 2017 I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue on from the Diploma in IT into the Advanced Diploma. When I spoke to them about the indecision – especially surrounding the potential cost – their response was essentially “why does that matter? If it will help you in the long run and you want to do it, just go for it”. At various stages in the last few years they’ve both said that I’m old enough to make my own decisions and wear any consequences, but at least they do try and talk me out of a decision if it is a stupid one or support me if it’s a good one. I can slot my sister and brother-in-law in as well, while I don’t usually discuss the same stuff with them directly as much as Mum and Dad talking points still get to them and I get their thoughts from time to time. Those kids are smile generators as well (at least for me they are).

There’s a long list of friends, new and old, that have made the year bearable, exciting, and challenging.

The OG AdDip crew. Honestly, I don’t think this year would have been as good as it was without spending it with all of you. We had some… unique characters and unique challenges that made it an interesting year and I hope to keep in touch with you in the years to come. Special mention of appreciation must go to Andreana and Thiago for staying with the special project though. Always missing Server Security because meetings and events (or even work) just happened to line up with those classes. At least we had an excuse for being as far behind as we were!

The China crew. What an adventure! Made all the more special for spending it with such a fantastic group of people. We had a lot of laughs, shared some great experiences, and even shed a few tears at the end. Despite how fast the back-end of the year has gone and how much has happened it still feels like it was just a few weeks ago which just highlights how good a trip it was. I’m looking forward to our catch up in the New Year! I’m still waiting to see some of your photos too…

By the sounds of it it’s been one of those years for everyone. A bit of a revealing year surrounding who you are as a person and how you approach (or will approach) things differently now compared to a year ago. So I’ll jump on that bandwagon too. Both personally and professionally I feel like this has been a great year for me in terms of growth as a person. Having to make decisions that didn’t just affect me and ask questions I really wouldn’t have asked 12 months ago. Sometimes you meet or speak to the right person that nudges you that little bit further or encourages you to roll the dice and take that leap you might not have previously considered taking.

For most of that it’s been the year at MP this year that has pushed that boundary. In the areas of managing both my own time and the time of a team, managing a project, or even public speaking. Things I wouldn’t have looked at last year as things I would ever want to do (public speaking I still struggle with but at least most people say that). Not only that but being in a position to help people. Whether it’s answering questions about my experience like on open day or actually helping someone struggling with course material that I understand. I guess that might be part of the reason the program leader suggested I look at becoming a teacher… I’m still thinking about that one.

And sometimes there are just things you don’t want to discuss with family (at least initially) so close friends are the ones you turn to. This year that appreciation goes to both Chris and Layla. You’ve both been great sets of ears this year, I only hope that any time the favour needs to be returned I can be as good a set of ears as you guys have been for me this year.

This really goes for everyone so I’ll separate it from the above. The door is always open, the kettle only takes a few minutes to boil and in the event I’m not here I’m just a phone call or a message away to at least get the ball rolling on talking. Because sometimes you just need someone to vent to, talk to, or get feedback from. I may not be the best at any or all of those things for your situation, but if you want to at least try, I’m here for you.

Ultimately my appreciation for this year is that it’s been a successful and positive year. Do I have any resolutions? No, not really. I don’t bother so much with resolutions for the new year, but I just hope that the trajectory continues on the road it’s started down this year and next year is as good as this year was.

That’s all for now. Hope everyone has a happy new year, and I’ll see you all in 2018!

– Scott