Last year was rough for a great many people, myself included. I went through several months of unemployment and unhappy employment. I lost my much loved grandfather and two cats. I finally acknowledged my lingering depression and took steps towards bettering it. I stopped writing for myself, in both fiction and this blog.
And this is just what happened to me. I’ve family and friends who’ve dealt with this and much more.
I have few good things to say about 2016. It’s been a year where I’ve felt a lot of defeat. A lot of exhaustion. A lack of inspiration. Trying to get into my field is still proving difficult. Trying to get my writing done has been even harder.
But I think with all this upset, all this exhaustion, has given many of us a feeling of “I’m done with this. It’s time to push back.” I am one of those people.
We’re all hoping for a better 2017, I think. Anything better requires work though. It may be hard for some of us to gather up our energy and motivation after a long, draining year. Some of us may be stuck in the mindset that, given everything happened in 2016, 2017 will not be much better.
We need to make it better. If not for everyone around us, then for ourselves at the very least.
I’m not going into 2017 with a full plan. We’re not even a month into this new year, and anything can happen. But I have steps. Apply for more jobs. Consider further schooling. Get back to fiction.
Get back to this blog.
I know it won’t be easy to break the cycle 2016 caught me in, but if I don’t try, I will get nowhere.
Thank you, readers, for your support and patience. Now, let’s push back together.