Reflecting on the Past Year

As 2013 comes to an end, I will reflect on the year as I see everyone else doing the same. It just seems so cliche. But, here goes.

It has been the most difficult year I’ve experienced in my adult life. Losing my job, trying to find health insurance, job hunting, becoming an adult student, finding part-time work, and many personal struggles. My house was burglarized, my car was involved in a hit-and-run, and I ran out of fuel oil during a very cold night. The year seems to be completely overshadowed by negative experiences.

But maybe that is what living is all about. It’s about the hardships and pain you go through in search of enlightenment. On the bright side, I was able to spend several days on a beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands with people who I haven’t seen for probably 25 years. Family members finally helped me find my heritage. I made many new friends this year including several who are new co-workers. These things would not have happened if it was not for the pain and struggles I experienced. I just wish there would be a few more positive events to reflect on.

Of course I hope 2014 will be an amazing year. But it will come with struggles. That is guaranteed. I can only wish that it is more balanced with rewards than 2013 was. Many years ago I heard a saying. It went something like this: “In order to be successful, you need to be willing to make sacrifices. What sacrifices are you willing to make in order to be successful?” Well, I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. Still waiting for some success to come my way.

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