For me and my family, 2017 came with a fair amount of hardship.
– Half of the constructed but unanchored frame of the facility for my family’s (not yet launched) business got destroyed by strong winds in January. (Thankfully, insurance covered the loss, and no people or products were in the building when it collapsed. Additionally, this experience was instructive regarding necessary improvements for future construction plans. Perhaps this loss actually prevented us from a bigger loss in the future, when the business is in the production phase.)
– My family of six went from being a 1.5-income family to a (practically) zero-income family.
– I gradually became so sick that I could barely move or even think.
– A couple other family members also struggled with physical issues.
– The aforementioned family members and I all struggled with anxiety and/or depression.
But if I had to do it over, I’m not sure I would change anything about 2017.
Some good that came out of the hardship:
– I finally had the chance to begin to heal my mind from years (probably a lifetime) of anxious, limbic responses to stress and perceived threats. This isn’t to say that I’ve “arrived” by any means. The battle against anxiety is still very real. But I am learning new tactics. I was finally able to find some peace and mental strength, perhaps in part because I had to practice finding beauty and meaning in seemingly dark, ugly places of meaninglessness and uselessness. But addressing nutritional deficiencies also helped me with my anxiety and depression a lot. Again, the war has not been won (sometimes depression and anxiety are lifelong struggles) but I’ve gained new weapons – or perhaps learned how to more effectively use the ones I previously had.
– I learned a ton about genetics and different biochemical pathways in the body, and finally learned why I had been sick – to varying degrees – for most of my life.
– I started two blogs (…technically more. I’m now doing some writing in other corners of the web, but that’s mostly secret or pseudonymous. 😉 )
– I had a lot of time to read and absorb new information.
– My skin – which suffered for years from terrible acne and scarring – finally had the chance to begin to heal up.
– I had to become more inventive and resourceful, due to a decrease in funds for things. Financial solutions I had employed in the past sometimes required more creative substitutes.
– I had more time and mind/soul space to focus on prayer, meditation, and introspection.
Some other beautiful things that came out of 2017:
– New or deepened friendships.
– Some experience with Python and other programming languages and tools.
– Improved health (especially this month).
– Random surprises and generosity from friends. Events I got to go enjoy with friends for free, amid my financial struggles this year.
Despite everything I learned this year – and all the beautiful moments – I am very ready for 2018. 🙂 I have a deep sense of excitement and hope for this year. And even if it ends up being as challenging as 2017, I know I’ll learn things.
Goodbye, 2017. Your memory will be cherished, but you will not be missed.
What are some of your memories (good, bad, or neutral) from 2017? What are your hopes for 2018?
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