Reflecting on the year past, I'm torn. I've had as many blessings, if not more, as I have challenges. DBF was unemployed. Then he found a job. I was unemployed. Then I found a job. Family crises of varying types and urgency. A family celebration of my little sister getting engaged (which also was a little of a challenge for me at first). It's been tough for many of us.
Without a doubt, I am not the same person I was a year ago. Everything I have experienced in this year has changed me, shaped me. I made some mistakes. Some minor. And one major. The lessons from these mistakes have already proven invaluable, which is why I cannot regret a single one. For without those lessons, I would not be who I am.
The one constant that I am thankful to have had blessing my life this year is my family and friends. Specifically, DBF, who lent me his strength when I needed it most and never once complained. I do not even want to imagine how this year would have gone if I had not had him to lean on during my darkest time. I know I would have made it; it just would have been a much bigger, much harder struggle.
I cannot even begin to form the words in my mind, let alone aloud or on the screen, to express how grateful I am to him or how lucky I feel to have met him a year ago.
So am I happy or sad to see 2008 come to an end? I can't really say. But I will say that I am not going to dwell on the past. But rather file the experiences and lessons away to be reviewed and serve as reminders as needed. And instead, face 2009 and its blessings and challenges straight on.
Happy New Year! Celebrate and be safe.
P.S. Here's JibJab's 2008 in review video. Hilarious as always.