The 2017 100 Wrap-Up β€” 31 Successes.

Several weeks, a few dozen photos and four thousand words later, we’ve finally made itβ€”the Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad 2017 wrap-up, filled with stories aplenty of 365 days spent in my not-so-orthodox life.

After wrapping the year up on a quiet note (because two sick children under five will do that to you), I still felt it necessary to do this. These year-to-year changeovers offer a lot of perspective for meβ€”with so much happening all the time, I often forget what I had for breakfast, so I write everything down. And if the height of the pile on my desk is any sign, 2017 was quite the year. But it’s also the time where I’m the most transparent, looking back objectively at everything I’ve done and celebrating successes, owning up to failures, hoping all the while that I’m somehow growing from the process.

But yeahβ€”let’s do this as we did in 2016: look at the year in excruciating detail, figuring out what’s worth taking with me into 2018 versus what doesn’t feel part of my world anymore.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me presentβ€”the 31 things I did well in 2017! Let’s get it!

31 Things I Know Now That I’m 31: #1 β€” The World is Bigger Than Your Backyard

You’re a fool to limit yourself if freedom’s an option.

I started driving later than most, having opted instead to spendΒ ludicrous amounts of time on public transit reading, drawing and sleeping. I wasn’t particularly motivated to save for a car like most suburbanites β€” there wereΒ more than enough things I rather spend my money on: travel; gadgets; lush experiences… why drive when I could do so manyΒ other things?

If only I knew then that I’d spend so long being soΒ short-sighted.