December 31, 2008
Remember this post?
So much has changed since this time last year. Some of the stuff I put on there makes me laugh. I made a little comment about unemployment and then lost my job less than two months later..I still have no PS3..Pete and Renee’s comeback wasn’t really a comeback at all..and I did not get a Ford Edge.
I did, however, move out of state..I did get a Voyager..I am in IT..and Barack did the damn thing.
I have learned a lot this year about expectations and plans. From my parents getting divorced out of nowhere to me leaving my wife for my long-time ex to finding out that my wife is pregnant with another baby boy, 2008 has been full of surprises. I don’t really know what 2009 holds, but I feel like I’m ready for whatever at this point. There have been so many ups and downs in the past 365, but it’s making me who I am.
Sure, there are some things that I feel that I could have done without. I didn’t enjoy losing my good job and benefits and struggling to pay my bills while I live in a 3 bedroom apartment alone. I didn’t enjoy breaking more hearts. I did not enjoy seeing the people around me suffer and go through difficult changes.
There were, however, plenty of things that I did enjoy. I absolutely loved going to the Glow in the Dark show in Chicago. I thoroughly enjoyed spending Megan’s birthday with her. I’m thrilled about the certifications that I have obtained and the doors they will open for me in the future. I’m also happy that two people I care about have more defined career paths in front of them now.
I did start attending church again this year. I found a great church home at Crosswinds back in Holland. I miss them a lot and I’m so thankful that I got to become part of that community even for a short while.
Reflecting on this year on a larger scale, it’s been a turbulent one for the nation. Economically, things have gotten progressively worse. We have seen the gas prices plummet and that seems to be the only good thing going on in the marketplace. The auto industry is crying for help, banks are closing, and people are losing their homes. The country is desperate, and Mr. 44th President is inheriting a hell of a situation.
On the music end…wtf is going on? Lil Wayne sold a million records with the Lollipop song..Kanye West lost his goddamn mind..and Soulja Boy sold less than 50k (I thought the kids loved him??). Eminem, Jay, Jadakiss and 50 were supposed to all drop before the end of the 4th quarter and none of them did. My favorite albums of the year were from Solange and Rick Ross. Don’t ask me how that happened. After a list like that, I can’t even make music predictions for 09.
Movies and TV were mediocre for the most part. Standouts for me were Dark Knight and Prison Break respectively. Heroes was meh. Saw V was meh. Iron Man was better than Hulk.
So where do we go from here? Onward and upward. Continuing to press forward and do what we can, taking life one day at a time. I’m not going to make any more predictions because at the end of the day I just know that God’s will is bigger than man’s designs, so I don’t see the point in speculating.
God Bless and I hope that everyone has a beautiful transition into 2009.