I have had two cookie fortunes on the dashboard of my car for the last year-ish. One says “You will travel to many places,” a fortune I got, incidentally, on my birthday last year. The other one says, “The current year will bring you much happiness.” I took it off and looked at it today and noticed the date I wrote on the back: exactly one year ago. Funny I should have looked at it when I did. It made me think upon this last year and whether it has brought me much happiness or not. I think that ultimately, it has brought me a large mix of feelings, happiness being one of them. If you had asked me a year ago where I thought I’d be right now, it probably would be here. I knew that I was going on my road trip (which was happy). I had more or less decided that I was moving to Virginia (happy prospect). But I never would have guessed I’d hate it (really not happy), that I’d be in school and actually like it (happy), that I’d be dating someone (very happy), and that I’d be considering moving elsewhere in Virginia (happy possibility). But hey, how often is life predictable? So it is time to retire this fortune and slip it into the pocket of my journal.

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