Friday 5: 5 Things I Learned In 2009!

FRIDAY 5 | | December 25, 2009 at 8:13 pm


Ok, so I am late. So what? I know you were too busy munching cookies and drinking egg-nog to really notice. Did you notice? Anyway I decided to take a small hiatus from blogging to actually enjoy my family.  This is the final edition of the Friday 5 series for 2009 so I have been reflecting on the year I wanted to share it with you. I have learned:

  • When tough times visit, (some) friends don’t! These past 2 years have been some of the most stressful times in my life and if you know me you will know I have been through the gamut in life, but seeing how people stop caring is amazing. I think they never cared in the first place. On the other hand seeing some wonderful acts of kindness has reaffirmed my faith of good in the world.
  • I need to say ‘No”! I realized that I had not been to the beach in 2009 and that was highly remiss of me. I come from living near the beach so to me it is an important part of summer. I realized that by agreeing to too many events I had been declining ourselves to little moments. Recently I was at a party that I had agreed to and realized I really did not want to be there. When I got back home I promptly changed all my RSVP’s to depict the reply I wished. So liberating.
  • I am not getting any younger! Sad but true. I have been forever putting dealing with me on hold.I keep thinking maybe I will do “this” first or get “that” done before taking care of moi. Well this year I lost some very dear people and had more get seriously ill. Nothing like predicaments like those ┬áto put things in perspective.
  • If you build it, they will come! Although I started blogging early in 2008, it was only in 2009 that I started to get serious about blogging. I did not know anyone that I could reach out for help so I just wrote with my journalistic spirit and am glad that kind friends along the way have sent me opportunities. I feel pretty strongly about the fact that I write for my readers and myself. I feel honored with every single comment or message. I still am amazed anyone reads my blog.
  • I can’t control (ill) fate but I can control how I deal with it. Having been dealt with blow after blow there were many a moment I had decided to stop writing. It is hard to continue to do something for free that absorbs so much energy and gets so little respect from the community. I have faith that will change but until then I will just have to carve out some new paths to a happier place.

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