2009: Reasons to be happy

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On a radio station I used to listen to a lot they used to fill up about a minute or so with phone calls where people shouted a sentence about why they’re happy. Usually it was something silly like “It’s my birthday!” or “I just got [p,l]aid!”.

This morning I filled up my car’s fuel tank and it was R290.27. About 6 months ago, the same amount of fuel cost just about R500. The drop in fuel prices also means that we’ll probably not see much rise in food prices this year (many people believe that it should drop, but I think that’s unlikely).  Besides the fuel prices, our prime lending rate is also going down. It’s estimated that it’s going down by as much as 2.5-3 % over the course of the year. That’s very good news for anyone who has a large amount of debt (like a home or vehicle loan).

For me personally, I decided to take up some things that I’ve been putting off for various reasons for a long time now. I’m finally going to do the B Class ameteur radio exams this month, and in May the A Class exams. I’m also going back to school, doing a BA through Unisa. I’m going to make a point of getting my motorbike license. So far I just got a learners license every 18 until it expired again and then did the learners test again. If all goes well, I’ll also be starting another 2 companies with some acquaintances. Previously I’d be super-scared to do something like that, but this year I’m saying yes to more things and if there are sensible risks, I’m taking it. Oh, last week I also managed to half my insurance costs (and expanded my coverage with that as well), which is another thing I’m quite happy about for 2009. There’s more, but they’re big maybe’s and I don’t want to jinx it. Hopefully I’ll be able to post more about them during the year.

What are your reasons to be happy in 2009? Please comment or trackback.

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