As I sit in my office on this bright, final Monday afternoon of 2012, I can’t help but get a little nostalgic about the year that just passed. In many parts of the world, 2012 is already a memory as New Year’s Eve celebrations have concluded, or are just beginning. For us, several hours remain. Some of us are still clocking in our final hours of work while others prep for tonight’s festivities.
The Year That Was
2012 was a year I had high hopes for. It’s been well over a year since I made my “grand declaration” to open up my own craft beer business and, to my chagrin, I am no closer to achieving this goal than I was when I first made the announcement. That isn’t to say we haven’t had any forward movement in this endeavor, or that I’ve sat on my ass for all this time wistfully day dreaming. The harsh truth to the matter is that I’ve had just as many set backs as I’ve had successes. I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, clothes on my back, and several refrigerators full of beer. Things could be much much worse and I’m thankful that they’re not.
A large part of this is because I’ve started working for the San Jose brewery Hermitage Brewing Company. Hermitage has given me the opportunity to keep my head above water by earning my keep there. It’s been a much more challenging job than I anticipated but I am learning so much about the craft beer businesses that blogging alone wouldn’t have taught me. I can’t thank the people there, like Peter L. and Carolyn V., for believing in me enough to give me a job. At the end of the day, that’s all any able bodied American wants: an opportunity to show they can earn their way.
These are dynamic times for us at BetterBeerBlog. I am, essentially, in the middle of changing careers. While the opportunities to practice graphic design are few and far between, it is through the support of my wife Mrs. BetterBeerBlog that I am able to make this transition. More accurately, we are able to make this transition. After all, once you get married, your life no longer belongs to you exclusively. Any decisions I make have to be made with Mrs. BetterBeerBlog in consideration. We are a team, have been for the past 5 years, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future and beyond. So to her, I heartily say, “Thank you, and I love you”.
The Year That Will Be
No one can predict what the future will bring, just ask all the Mayan calendar doomsday naysayers. Anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell you something. My “crystal ball”, which is only as accurate as my Google calendar, says that 2013 will be a busy year full of opportunity. Whether or not this potential is realized is entire up to me.
I find myself in a unique position. Between the blog, my job at the brewery, and my ambitions to open up my own place, there are plenty of opportunities to affect craft beer in the South Bay for the better. As always, I will continue to work towards the ultimate goal of helping to build a culture of craft beer. In that sense, nothing will change for me. What has changed is that I will no longer be attempting this on my own as there are a lot of new players to the craft beer game in the South Bay. But all I can control is what is in my immediate grasp, even then, shit happens and you just have to be able to roll with the punches.
So what will 2013 bring? In my immediate future, there’s a bunch of posts I need to finish writing. There are also events that need to be planned and beer to be sold. Otherwise, I don’t know, but I am optimistic. It’s just who I am. I’d rather focus on the good things in life over the negative. Our time on earth is just too short to worry about the bullshit that doesn’t matter; let’s collectively try on focus on making the world a better place than what we inherited.
No matter what happens, I hope you continue to be a part of my life either by continuing to read this humble blog of mine, by crossing the digital divide and sharing a pint with me in person, or by just drinking good craft beer. I hope 2012 wasn’t too bad for you, but I do wish 2013 will be better for all of us.
Masaya Bagong Taon! (“Happy New Year” in Filipino)