This year has been a real bitch so far

We’re almost to August. You know what that means? Just five more months until this shit year is over!

Normally, that’s the kind of thought that would bring me a sense of awe (“I can’t believe this year has gone by so fast!”) and also a sense of relief and hope (“Ah, a fresh start! Yay, 12 more months to save up for Christmas! Bring on Spring!” etc, etc.)

But is it just me or do y’all feel this chaos, this pure, weird ass craziness currently going on around us and with us, will just carry well over into next year? My fear is that “normal” is not just around the corner. I think one of the worst things about all this is the lack of ability to make near future plans. The uncertainty is just so, so deflating and, at times, even scary.

I’m truly at a loss for any sort of solution, other than just ride out this storm with a sense of optimism, even if somewhat forced. Because the alternative is to allow this despondency to overshadow any source of light, hope, spirit and life that is still surrounding me, resilient as can be and beckoning to be acknowledged. And that, my dear friends, is just unacceptable.

Stay safe. Stay hopeful. Stay strong. Love. Belly laugh. Connect. Plan. Achieve. Learn.

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” ~Dalai Lama

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