Think Kit

Hang on Tight, It’s Gonna Be a Wild Ride

Hanging on for dear life on the ferris wheel at the Indiana State Fair.

Hanging on for dear life on the ferris wheel at the Indiana State Fair.

To say the least, 2012 has been a crazy year for me.

It started out rocky, being in a job that made me miserable that was slowly consuming my life. For the first time in 28 years, I was fired. While I wasn’t exactly thrilled about being unemployed, it was hard to stay sad during the week of the Super Bowl festivities happening all around me.

I took my first real trip with my boyfriend to Key West to enjoy a week of relaxation out of the Indiana cold weather. I focused more on things I was passionate about, such as writing and photography. I started to freelance more using my talents instead of going back to the typical 9-5 world. Things were looking up.

Things quickly turned sour when I herniated a disc in my lower back, making day-to-day life a little bit harder. I could no longer sit at a desk…or sit at all. Walking around for extended periods of time was so painful that it was out of the question. Over the course of a few short months, I had become mildly depressed with a negative outlook on life, until I knew things had to change.

After what seemed like a lifetime of physical therapy, my back was healing and I was out and about more often. My journalism work took off and before I knew it, I was reporting nightlife on a weekly basis, finally doing something I loved and actually making money doing it. I’ve made some new friends that have turned out to be incredible people, took a trip to Hawaii, lent a helping hand to ORANJE, seen more concerts than I could count and have been trying to make the most out of what I have.

I still have more growing up to do, but I know I’m on the right path. Although life this year has been somewhat of a roller-coaster, I’m going to continue holding on tight. The twists and turns are necessary to get to the smooth sailing parts, so I’m going to enjoy the ride.

This blog is part of Think Kit. Today’s prompt: “Your year in photos. Did one photo encapsulate your year? Maybe it takes a gallery. Go out and take a new one that represents your year if you need to. Let’s see those photos.”

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