It has been a minute, hasn’t it? To get back into the swing of things, I thought I’d recap some of my favorite things from 2019. I mean, we’re on the cusp of the swinging 20s, so there’s no better time than now!
2019 has been filled with highs and lows, which I’m sure can resonate with you. I’ve gained and lost many things this year, but I’m remaining positive that everything that has happened is dedicated to growing me as an individual.
And hey, maybe sharing my fav things from this year will help you grow too! So, keep on reading to find out.
Favorite Song Lyric: “Pardon my manners if I end up hittin’ your cell after dark. I been drowning in that courage liquid, my judgment been blurry.”
Surprisingly, NBDY’s Used To topped my Spotify Top Songs 2019 this year and not Drake – but there are definitely Drake songs in the top 10, don’t be foolish.
Why is this my favorite lyric of 2019? Who out there in this day and age can honestly say they have not been caught up in some sort of feels pulsating from a rectangular, 6.1” HD screen? Pair that with nights out, alcoholic beverages running a tab, and people you know you’ll never see after that night – well that’s just an equation that can’t be solved with a few iPhone keystrokes. But in that moment, you can’t see clearly and you end up saying shit you regret the next morning. I suppose that’s saying too much on this canvas, but Used To helped articulate this for me in 2019.
Favorite Reason to Open Instagram: my niece
This was an easy one. In all my years using social media, having ads fed to me and seeing unreasonable expectations of what the good life CAN look like, I’m happy to say that opening up Instagram has transformed into a whole new meaning for me – seeing how happy my niece is. With things like geographical distances, different time zones, family differences, etc., it’s awesome being able to instantly know that my niece is being cared for by an awesome group of people (and dogs). Oddly enough, for Christmas I got her a Fisher Price mobile phone toy.
Runner up: Quokkas
Favorite Reason to Open up Netflix: “Well, I’m not being an individual on me own.” – Derry Girls
Derry Girls honestly came out of left field for me. And sometimes, you must put faith in your Netflix algorithm, for the algorithm will show you the light. I couldn’t be happier with gambling with Derry Girls. Derry Girls tells the story about five high school students in Derry, Ireland, as they get up to shenanigans involving drugs, corpses, and thievery. Complementing all of that is a soundtrack from the 90s (it takes place in the 90s), and there’s something super special on hand. Season two wrapped up this year, and I don’t know when season 3 will debut, but it is. Do yourself a favor and check out Derry Girls. If it doesn’t fill you with good vibes, I’ll buy you a pint.
Favorite Time Sitting in Front of my Couch: “Chew on that! You overgrown son of a bitch!” – Leon Kennedy, Resident Evil 2 2019
When I was but a wee wain (Derry Girls reference yo), I remember plopping down in front of my friend’s Playstation to give Resident Evil 2 a whirl. It was the very beginning of the game, when Leon enters the police station, rounds the corner of a corridor, and a zombie breaks through the glass.
I was scared out of my freaking mind. But little did I know, this would just be the beginning of my love for this video game franchise.
I never DID get to finish Resident Evil 2 when I was younger. I actually borrowed it from said friend and just couldn’t figure out all the puzzles. Fast forward about 20 years later, and Resident Evil 2 2019 is a masterclass in how to remake a video game. There are loads of things being remade these days: movies, TV shows, and yes – video games. But Capcom has honestly set the benchmark on how to do it right. Resident Evil 2 2019 combined my innocent, boy-ish curiosities with my 2019 millennial tendencies and combined for an experience I haven’t felt with a video game in ages. I’m still playing Sekiro, Control, and plan on playing Untitled Goose Game. But of those, I don’t think I’ll play a second time. I’ve played Resident Evil 2 2019 twice already, and I rarely play games twice.
Do yourself a favor and give this a whirl. Do it now, Resident Evil 3 2019 is coming out in 2020!
Favorite Tourist-y Activity: “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.” – Marilyn Monroe
The Hollywood Sign hike. This may seem a bit unorthodox, but it was the catalyst to starting my move out to California. If you follow me on Insta, which you should if you don’t already, you’ll know that I recently moved from Toronto to LA. Years of indifference, confusion, fear, and yearning all kind of culminated for me when I was hiking up to the sign. The journey up is a bunch of winding nature paths on one side, and on the other side the view of LA. Admittedly, LA’s skyline doesn’t hold a candle to Toronto’s, but there was an energy in the air and a vibe I can’t quite put my finger on, but I knew it was something I wanted to explore more of. And once you get to the top of the Hollywood Sign, there’s even more to go! You can get behind it, overlook all of LA, and think about all the realized and shattered dreams pulsing through the City of Angels.
Don’t get me wrong, there were loads of other things that pushed me to the west: Alacatraz, the Pier, and Chinatown in SF was awesome, the laidback vibes along Santa Monica and Venice Beach. You can see this in action in my West Coast Vlog.
After years of deliberation and doubt, I finally decided to start moving my life in a direction more fitting to what I want for my future. It starts in LA. I’m not sure where it’ll go in 2020, but I’m happy for now knowing that a little bit of tourist-y curiosity catapulted me towards a brighter future.
What do you think of my favorite things of 2019? I didn’t want to go down the regular route and share lists of my favorite things without adding a backstory. What makes something our favorite thing is the way they made us feel. I’ve met and lost a lot of beautiful people this year. But that’s not going to dampen my energy in exploring meeting more people, seeing more places, hearing more music, watching more shows, and playing more video games.
2020, I’ll be seeing you.