Happy Alentine’s Ay

It was Valentine’s Day!

Honestly, I almost completely forgot about it. Even when I was in a relationship, it wasn’t a day that I really cared about. Just another day, but I wanted to take a moment to stop and reflect about the people in my life. While I’m definitely not romantically connected with all of them (or even most of them), I’ve been really lucky with the people who are in my life. It can just be hard to see it when things get murky.

At work, there are a lot of supportive people and while it can be a tough and stressful job with its high expectations, the people in my department are ambitious and inspiring. Beyond that, they’re also caring and helpful in their own ways. Outside of my department, I’ve met some incredible people as well. Honestly, I have never had a better job or met so many amazing people in one place as I have at Avid Life. There are so many people that it would get tiring to name them all, but here goes anyway: Adriana, Cindy, Stella, Lana, Christ, Anthony, Michael, Martin, Julia, Elsa, Erica, Sahar, Rob, Koby… I could seriously go on for a very, very long time.

Most of my friends these days are from work. Either from work or from university (Johnny, Brandon, Loreto, Nicky, Ken, Loretta) and then there are a few fringe friends who I’ve met through hobbies (Amy, Nanami, Mir & Geoff).

This is devolving into me just listing a bunch of people, but in all honesty, I don’t reflect on how lucky I am too often. Like I said earlier, when things get murky it can be incredibly hard to see the positives. 2014 was a rough year in many respects, but it needed to be rough. 2015 has been rough, but with the hope that things can and will get better.

Even if none of my friends ever see this and it just remains as a reminder for myself of how lucky I am, that could be enough I think. There have been a lot of people whom I’ve lost, driven away, or just fallen out of touch with, but the people I’ve gained have helped to fill those gaps.

It may just be that as a society we just don’t reflect enough on what we have. There’s a lot of focus on what we don’t have and then a lot of ignoring the plights of other people in favour of our own. The world is definitely not the friendly place that you’d see in anything depicting old-time America, but then again, it’s not like that’s horribly representative either. Maybe one day I’ll look back and see through my rose-tinted glasses to the days of the 2000-teens and think about how glorious it all was. How safe we were before our alien overlords came and took us over.

In all honesty though, I’ve been very lucky and although I hate using this word, I’ve been very blessed.

Here’s to a brilliant 2015.