Personal Recap of 2021 & 2022

Alec Zaffiro
2 min readJan 2, 2023
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I do the most reflecting and projecting this time of year. Here are the most significant and succulent realizations/moments over 2021 and 2022.

  • I got engaged one year ago. Aside from my relationship to God, it’s the deepest, most meaningful connection I’ve ever experienced.
  • I gave up on a career in Accounting I spent years (and thousands of dollars) to obtain. I wrote 1,800 words about that here.
  • The older I get, the dumber I feel. Maybe it’s a matter of maturity, but I’m definitely more aware of my faults, shortcomings, and limitations.
  • I moved all over the US in the last 24 months. I’ve lived in Nashville, Tennessee, Savannah, Georgia, and now I live in Colorado Springs. I have a feeling I’ll be here for a very long time.
  • I’ve lost interest in commercial music. Maybe I messed myself up acoustically, but I don’t get lost in music like I used to before I started producing my own songs. I pay more attention to what’s happening technically, rather than effectually.
  • I permanently deleted Twitter and Facebook. I wanted to put a book end on the paper trail of ignorance I left behind in my adolescence.
  • I’m focusing on words again. How I think. How I write. How I read. I picked back up this mental-cognition game called Elevate I originally discovered in 2016. It’s rekindling my love for words and learning :)
  • Over the last 24 months I’ve read Beyond Order, Atomic Habits, Several Short Sentences About Writing, The Moral Landscape, and 10% Happier. I’m currently reading Breath by James Nestor.
  • I’ve been paying attention to my posture. I have anterior pelvic tilt, which means my pelvis is rotated forward, forcing my spine to curve.
  • I started watching the Harry Potter series with my fiancé. I guess you could say I’m becoming a wizard.
  • Unfortunately two years ago, I encountered tragedy so deep that it’s altered my perception of the world and who I am. I’ve integrated the trauma, in a sense, and continue to positively repurpose it.
  • I discovered Kill Tony, a live podcast that pays homage to the craft of stand-up comedy. I’m not a very funny person, but seeing that stand-up is a legitimate skill, I feel there’s maybe hope for me.
  • I still don’t own a gaming console… haven’t since 2017.
  • About a year ago, someone told me my voice sounds “monotone and guttural.” I’ve become very self-conscience of my tonality. I’m trying to enunciate and be more expressive in my speech.
  • Since moving to Colorado, I’ve become addicted to IPA’s and local breweries. In other words, I have a drinking problem!

I’m excited to see what 2023 brings next.

-AZ

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Alec Zaffiro

I write to think and organize my ideas. I like psychology, philosophy, and self-improvement—em dashes are my specialty. Not an expert.*