Happy New Year! Rarely have I ever wanted a new year more than this year. I want to apologize for my lack of writing. I just looked at my blog and realized the last time I wrote was shortly before my health deteriorated. As most of you know I have had to take some time off to recover from a very unexpected health challenge. Since this whole purpose of this blog is to share my own struggles, I probably should (I hate the word should) have written during my struggle but instead focused my energy on my family, my clients, and my own recovery. Writing just had a take a back seat. BUT…..I’m back!
I’m not a huge terminator fan but I think we can all relate to his character is the movie. He gets shot, blown up, ran over, amputated limbs, etc. and every time he comes back to life with the famous line “I’m back”. While thankfully my health issues weren’t anything that extreme, when I started feeling more like myself I did think “okay, I’m back”. I know a lot of you can relate, whether it’s a health issue like depression or anxiety or a situation that is overwhelming. There comes a time at some point, sometimes dramatically sometimes subtly, when we realize we’ve overcome it.
For me, boredom was catalyst to me realizing I was feeling more like myself. When I was sick, I was never bored. I could do very little work, sit around watching TV or reading (even napping – I’m not a napper) and never think of it as boring. For me the transition back to myself was pretty dramatic (and recent). All of the sudden I realized I was doing massive cleaning projects, changing the furniture around, cooking like I was feeding an army, etc. At one point I had baked so much that things were going spoiled before we could eat it all….AND I was feeling bored. That’s when I realized…..I’m back!
Now, I know some of you are in the bad spot and are worried that you’re never going to feel like yourself again. I want to encourage you. Feelings are temporary, circumstances are temporary. If you know you go through these cycles, remind yourself of the times you’ve come out on the other side. If this is new to you, get help and get support. I certainly did. I often say it’s OK to go through bad times, just don’t park there. Keep going.
Lastly, a huge thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me. In this new year, let’s all take advantage of having a new beginning. A new start. A new way of doing things. Wishing you a Happy New Year!