30 years ago. Not quite 1.
Well, obviously I don't really have a clue about what I thought or felt this far back. I am confident that my parents and I had already moved up to Weston from Balclutha, if not it happened soon after. It would probably have been at some point in the following year that I found the controls for the central heating on at least one morning so that my parents got up to very warm floors
25 years ago. Nearly 6.
My family had shifted to Gore, where we initially stayed with my maternal grandparents and then moved to a house in East Gore. That house is the one I really remember having neighbours to play with. Over the back fence and across the road there were cousins with families similarly aged to my sister and I. And neighbouring the family across the road were another couple of families that would join us on occasion. One of those girls was the first girl I had a crush on and I remember getting teased by others of the group because she and I would walk ahead of them as we walked to school. I also had a friend next door that must have been at least four years older than me as he was going to the local Intermediate School instead of the Primary School I was. I don't know how much of the three years I lived in this house I was friends with the guy in question but I do remember building planes with him from the TORRO that I had.
20 years ago. Nearly 11.
My first year at Intermediate school and the first time I needed to wear a uniform for school. I started this year knowing more of my classmates than anyone else seemed to, because I had spent the prior two and a bit years at West Gore School (due to my family shifting yet again) and two and a bit years at East Gore School. I was old enough to want to be alone at school that first day (and not have my mother around) but not yet mature enough to be confident on my own before finding out what class I was in. Most of my class was organised in pairs of desks with one boy and one girl, I got the seat at the back of the room between two girls, neither of whom I knew already. That year I managed perfect attendance and developed a couple of long term friendships.
15 years ago. Nearly 16
High School, my second last year was about to begin. I had chosen to take Calculus, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography and English as my subjects so this was the year I stopped getting any regular exercise besides walking to and from school (no PE class). It was also a few months after I'd first gone to the youth group my sister had started going to near the start of the prior year when our neighbour (who was one of the leaders) invited her along and she found that one of her classmates was also going. (Unsurprising as the classmate was one of the children of the Pastor.) That youth group was when I first became truly aware of my issue with socialising, at least half those nights there was a pot luck and I would typically find my appetite gone before we got to the church. Even with me sharing classes (for the prior three years) with two of the girls that went to that youth group I think it took me at least a year to pick up on the fact they were step-sisters.
10 years ago. Nearly 21
My first year no longer in any sort of educational institution. I'd just ended three years at the Christchurch Polytech, doing a course that should have taken two years, and still failing to finish it completely. The idea of going out and getting a job still seemed quite scary and while I looked at job ads I don't remember applying for any (although I did query the possibility of Data Entry at one point). Instead, I spent far too much of my time reading (250 books that year), and, after building a PC from parts, watching DVDs. I had spent the past two years living in the bedsit I was in at that point and was not friends with anyone in the building although I would occasionally talk to a couple of the longer term residents. My sister had spent the prior year in one of the Uni Halls of Residence and was spending this year flatting so I probably spent more time with her than with anyone else. I didn't maintain any contact with any of the others that had been taking the same classes as I was.
5 years ago. Nearly 26
About two weeks after the end of the only romantic relationship I've ever had I shifted into this flat. I saw the ad on a Saturday, looked over the flat on the Sunday after Church, and moved in on the Monday morning. I still don't really know the flatmate that's been here longer than me, each of us are introverts, keep different schedules due to our respective work hours and tend to spend excessive amounts of time with our respective computers. During that January I'd been living in Shirley as a temporary measure between my prior flat splitting (after three and bit years of changes) and finding another. Living there had also led to me not working as it was too far to walk to the job I had and buses didn't run at the right times. Apart from that I'd spent most of the three prior years employed at the job I still have, getting enough money for me to live comfortably, with a couple of shortfalls. It was, I think around this time that I seriously started helping with the Children's Church program at RBC although I had been helping beforehand. Not long after I moved in here a couple of people started taking steps to get me to head to Hillsong Conference in the middle of the year. That was the first time I'd left NZ and the conference the next year was the second and final time. Shortly after shifting I started working again, and about two months later was taken on by the company itself instead of working through the temp agency, leading to more hours and slightly better pay.
I have just under seven weeks until my 31st birthday, I will be 'celebrating' by playing board games if I can. Just over four years ago I re-found the BGG thread about gaming in Christchurch and started attending the weekly meetings. After a couple of years I'd been missing one night every couple of months, more recently it hasn't even been that often that I miss a Wednesday night session. Currently I'm anticipating the restart of Canterbury University, not because I'll be studying, but because it means that SAGA will be in operation again and I'll get to spend four nights a week playing board games the way I was for the second half of last year. Three years have passed since I first got asked to help with Mainly Music sessions at RBC, my expectation is that I'll continue going along there instead of working Wednesdays. I continue to feel isolated most of the time, I have come to terms with it though, and I've realised that it is largely in my head.