This has been an interesting year for me.
I left 2017 in a depression,
it followed on into 2018.
I completed a year's worth of coursework
for my Master’s degree.
“Master’s of Science in Software Engineering
with a concentration in Cybersecurity
and Project Management."
What a ****** mouthful.
I started a new job -
one I enjoy coming to every day,
one where I'm never the smartest person
in the room.
I get to learn so much every day.
One where I can grow and
take on responsibility.
I took a leap of faith -
made my first investment
and bought a house.
Shortly after, I took some responsibility
for something other than myself
and got a dog.
I stopped underestimating how important
people are in my life.
I repaired some broken relationships
and nurtured some existing ones.
I went through a severe bout of depression.
I found myself drinking daily,
found myself on my knees in my driveway
pleading to ***,
asking why and how.
Sometimes all you have to do is ask the question.
I found myself in a state of uncaring -
completely apathetic as to whether I should live or die,
with my gun calling my name, whispering,
growing louder with each drink.
In a drunken daze, completely broken
I admitted to one of my best friends how
close I'd come,
how tempted I'd been.
She took my gun off my hands,
in keeping with a promise we'd made to each other long ago.
I have not drank since,
nor will I ever drink again.
In these darkening hours is when
I found my faith in ***,
something that seemed to be there
yet was something I couldn't admit
I met the love of my life -
something I've never been so certain of -
and it's opened up possibilities
I had only dreamed of.
Someone that there's a future with,
that chooses to grow, to flourish,
and to love.
Certainly life has more challenges in store,
the struggle, the suffering, is never-ending,
and sometimes it's all we can do to
stay above water.
This year has been one of absolute transformation,
and this December looks entirely different
than the last.
Not really a poem, just a reflection to a question that was asked.