Any time people bring up 2009 I dramatically roll my eyes, profess how much I wish to kick 2009 in the nuts, and then proclaim my elation at the top of my lungs that it is now officially 2010.

But, recently I’ve been given a homework assignment to be more positive, to look for the joy even in the middle of a shit storm, and to find something to smile about even if it feels like I might suddenly burst into tears.

So, I sat down to my computer, the place where the thousands of pictures of the last year live and I began to scroll through the markers that make up 2009 for me. Suddenly I didn’t need to PRETEND that there were amazing, wonderful, beautiful moments throughout 2009. There they all were.

Don’t get me wrong, there was a LOT of shit that happened in 2009, but the pictures also told another story, one of new beginnings, happiness, laughter, vacations, life changing experiences and love.

2009, you were one cruel bitch at times, but you were also an amazing teacher, and surprisingly, also quite the giver.

A Year in Photos, 2009 from Accidental Olympian on Vimeo.

Song by Dave Matthews Band, “So Damn Lucky.”

For those of you who cannot view the Vimeo version, please enjoy my Year in Photos via You Tube.

*One of these days I will be able to afford the fancy HD membership through Vimeo. And when that happens, you’ll finally be able to see this video like I can, crystal clear. Until then I leave you with a slightly blurry version of 2009. I guess we all can’t be rock stars. *

  • http://onewandering.wordpress.com Jen A.

    I love the video Ash — what a wonderful way to pick out the best of the best from 2009 (which I agree was a CRAPPY year). I’m wondering if I did the same w/ my photos, would I feel differently?! :)

  • http://www.accidentalolympian.com Ashley, The Accidental Olympian

    JEN — Thanks, I’m glad you liked it.

    I think a year in pictures video might not change your ENTIRE outlook on the last year, but I think it would help. I know it did for me.

    Made me get all sappy and shit. :)

    MAKE ONE! I want to see it.

  • marti

    Love the pics and your song choice. Photos are a very good reminder of the best parts of our lives, friends, family, and adventure, if you have these three things I’d say your pretty blessed.