Thursday, December 31, 2009

Oh the joy

2009 was a tough year. I've heard it from everyone. 2009 was terrible. People suffered financially, which trickled down into depression, acts of desperation... We all know 2009 was difficult. But we made it. What if it was all necessary, so we could rise like a phoenix out of the ashes?

Potentially, so many good things came out of 2009. If we all learned from our problems, then we are all wiser. We are tougher. But not all people seem to want to be able to better themselves through adversity, so I'll just speak about myself.

I learned how to hold my head up and protect myself when someone is trying to beat me down. I learned that my basic life skills of having systems in place (for shopping, problem solving, cooking, etc.) are good, and they are intact. I learned how to talk to those who are down and out so they know something besides despair... I couldn't change circumstances, I could just change their outlook.

2009 was a year of connecting with friends and family that I had lost touch with. Yesterday, my heart overflowed with joy as the birthday wishes kept pouring in. I've talked with people that I had not talked to in 20 years. The internet helps to make the world a little smaller.

I am thankful for 2009 for being the raging b*tch that she was. I am thankful for all the lessons I learned. I am thankful for human resiliency, and the ability to rise from the ashes after a trial. 2010 is going to be amazing. But 2009, I will remember your tough love fondly.


designsbykari said...

Amen to that Robyn. 2009 was a challenge for me as well, but like you I'm stronger because of all my trials and triumphs.

TheHappySoul said...

Some people aren't able to learn from their difficulties, so I say HOORAY to anyone who did! This year was tough for a lot of people, but I know at least 2 people who are going to have an absolutely FANTASTIC 2010! Here's to the new year, with new hopes, new opportunities, and new accomplishments!


Kathy Weller said...

What a lovely, honest post. I really connected with this line: "I couldn't change circumstances, I could just change their outlook." I love that line-it says SO much. Wishing you a wonderful 2010!! It's going to be a GOOD one - a GREAT one -- I KNOW it!!!! :):):)

glassidentities said...

I believe we learn and grow the most through our hard would we learn if we did not make mistakes... I do think that a lot of problems had in 2009 were mistakes of our own making... and I have noticed a lot of people coming down from material things and coming back to family, friends and home... I believe this year was needed and wonderful in it's own right.

Happy New year :) hugs

k8elynne said...

The point is to learn from your trials, and mistakes. It tends to make the road a tad bit easier the next time.
I'm so happy you're looking at the new year with optimism, and moving forward, rather than wallowing in your misery!


Rose said...

Amen sista! I am so glad for everything I learned this year, and oh so glad that you were a part of it :).

ShaquanaDancy said...

happy new year............................................................

Connie said...

Robyn, I absolutely ADORE this photograph--it's mesmerizing to me. Love it!!

With that said--I agree with you--2009 was a total bitch but we made it through better then ever!!

Peace & Love.

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