Not every year can be your favourite year. Considering the past couple of years have been insanely good to me and my friends I was expecting some bumps in the road to present themselves at some point.
2013 has been a year of change. Not all bad but not all great. The gang at This Needs to Stop has had engagements, amazing career changes, moves to new countries and jobs that we love more than we ever thought we could love a job changing unexpectedly.
The past few months have been a true test of patience, resilience and friendships. Luckily while some of those have worn thin at times the friendship department has not once let me down.
Last night while playing a hilarious round of Cards Against Humanity with some of the This Needs to Stop gang, the pain in my abs caused by all the laughter reminded me of just how lucky I am.
Yes things aren’t 100% where I’d like them to be not just for myself but for some of the people around me. Yes I’ve had days where I’ve crawled into bed after work and pulled the covers over my head because I just needed an escape. But I can say that each and every day I’ve had an amazing gesture of kindness (even if to them it was such a tiny act) from my closest of friends, to friends that I’ve met through Twitter who have turned out to be amazing support systems, to random people sending me good thoughts because for some reason I may have seemed like I needed them.
The power of a kind word, an answered email when you need some guidance, a good laugh, a good set of ears to listen is the cure to help keep your chin up and remind you of how much great there is going on in your life even if the road has taken you to an unexpected place.
So 2013, you and I may not be the best of friends, but you’ve certainly given me a lot to be thankful for even if you’ve had a funny way of showing it.
This Thanksgiving while I spend time with family and friends I will continue to remind myself of how lucky I am to be surrounded by such amazing people.
Thank you to every single person who has helped me “Keep Calm and Carry On” in 2013. You will never appreciate how thankful I am for you.