So, now I'm 28. What real difference does that make?
None at all, in practical terms. I'm still me, just as much as I ever was. However, taking stock of the year just past is a good idea anyway, so let's have at it.
This time last year, I was employed. Via an agency, true, but I was employed, I was earning decent money, and I was getting on with building up my finances so I could head over here.
This time last year, I was unmarried. I had been engaged over two years already, but the thought of marriage was still a "we'll do that when we can" prospect.
This time last year, I was devoid of animal companionship.
Now, I have a wife, two cats, and no job. I think I got the better end of the tradeoffs.
I'd have liked to be able to spend my birthday out taking pictures, but the antics of the cats are a good substitute.