Highs & Lows of 2017

September Writing Challenge #17 – Highs & Lows of 2017

I have to be honest, as soon as I saw the list for this writing challenge I immediately wasn’t looking forward to this post. 2017 is not 3/4 over and it’s already been one of the strangest years of my life. I feel as though it has gone by so fast, yet sometimes it feels like time is going by way too slowly. I have experienced one of the worst days of my life and some of the best. I have grown in so many ways I didn’t know I could, and I have changed in so many ways I’m not sure I wanted to. 2017 has challenged me, pushed my limits, and rewarded me. Part of me wants to see what the next 3 months have in store, but another part of me just wants to stay here, in my home, and just ignore time going by.

I know that the usual protocol that you start with the bad news before the good, but the one of the lows I have experienced this year will far outweigh any high, and so I felt that it would be more appropriate to start with the highs.

Highs

All of my hard work for the past decade finally started to pay off this year when I received a promotion, finally I was able to move from the stagnant place that my career was in and take the next step.

We got the news that I have a niece on the way! SO, so incredibly excited for this!

My sister got engaged and I was asked to be maid of honor

I finally visited my absolute dream city – New York. It was everything I knew it would be and so much more! I feel like going there changed me and I can’t wait to go back!

We also went to California and Las Vegas in July, which are two other places that I absolutely adore

Lows

My promotion. I know I listed it as a high, and it definitely is and I’m so grateful and proud of myself, but it’s also somewhat of a low for me. I’m not sure if my career is what I want to do, I know I’m good at it and I know it’s a great career path, but it just doesn’t do much for me personally. I have always thought that I would eventually do something different, something I have interest in. My promotion just pushed my career to a different level and it will make it even harder to make a move out of it one day.

I experienced a weird situation at work this year, which resulted in my boss getting fired last month and I’m still really working through what happened and dealing with the after effects of it. It’s a long story, and not one that I’m sure I want to tell yet, but basically I was the victim of some strange psychological mind-play and I didn’t realize the damage that it had been doing to me until my VP finally started to figure it out and got rid of the director, which I am so incredibly grateful of her for doing! If she didn’t, I don’t know how much more damage my mental health could have taken! I will definitely write more about this later, but for now it’s enough to say it was definitely a low of 2017.

And now for the toughest low, not only of the year, but of my entire life…

On May 2nd, 2017 we had to say goodbye to my dog, my best friend and sidekick of 11 years, and my heart, Shandi. Nothing will ever compare to the feelings I have experienced over this and I don’t think anything could ever repair the broken heart I have been left with. She was my everything and even now, 4.5 months later, I feel completely lost without her. No high can ever replace the feelings from this low and despite everything else that has happened this year, 2017 will forever be “Shandi’s year”.

Forever loved and forever missed…

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-SS

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