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Where Would You Be?

Well, it’s half-way through 2018, and this is my second post of the year.

To be fair, the year has not been a kind one. 2018, it seems, is determined to kick me in the face at every possible turn.

January started the way everyone always hopes their new year does: with trips in and out of the hospital. After an initial surgery for kidney stones, infected instruments landed me with a week long stay for septic infection. I had a whole twelve hours of release time before I was back for my second surgery.

Shortly after my recovery, my parents, whom I’ve been living with for several years, decided to sell our house and move across the country. This meant I had to find another place to live, and quick.

Almost as soon as I was moved in, I found out that my horse would also be needing a new place to live.

Throw in one of the craziest workplace dramas you can imagine and the death of a beloved family member, and that about sums up my year so far.

It’s not been all bad, of course.

I rent a room from an amazing couple who are completely supportive of me and my career.

My horse is now just five minutes down the road where I can visit and spoil him anytime I like.

Just this month, my poems were published in three outlets.

Next month, I’ll be receiving my B.A. in English from Arizona State University.

No, it’s not how I envisioned my year going. If you had asked me at the beginning of 2018, I would have told you that I was going to own this year, that it would be my year to shine. If I’ve learned one thing, though, it’s that you have to take each day as it comes. Some are better than others. But they keep coming. It’s up to us to make the best of them.

It sounds cliché, but it’s true.

How did you envision your year going? How has it turned out? What expectations do you have of the future?

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