Looking back, It's strange to see how much happened in 2016. I know I'm not the only one who experienced major life changes. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, either! That being said, how had your year been?
In the last 5 months, particularly- I've maintained a part time job at a local theater. The idea came to mind after my brother had opted out to focus on his classes. I've got a Manager who calls me "Harley Quinn" every now and again (partly because "Suicide Squad" was such a big hit when it was showing/when I was employed) but also because of how I wear my hair to work.
I've become friends with some of the other employees who have helped me find reasons to smile. A lot of them are teenagers, so you can imagine we joke around a lot. Most of them were surprised to find out I'm not even in their age range- they tell me I look like I'm in my early twenty's. I guess it helps I'm relatively tiny in size? (5 ft 2 in) _( ┐「ε: )_ lol
There's an older man who works at the theater, too- I'll call him "Kev" for the sake of privacy. He's 50 years old and he took the job, not because he needed it, but because he wanted a distraction after the passing of his wife. When I've talked to him personally the times we've shared breaks, he openly spoke with me about how he thought he and his partner would "grow old together". It broke my heart to hear those words coming from someone as kind as him. It got me thinking, though.
It's hard when life decides to take a turn and you find there are other plans in store for you. However, seeing how some people have managed to overcome their own obstacles, and realizing that others can relate in ways I never would've imagined? It opened my eyes to a new look on life.
Nothing is ever guaranteed. And nothing should ever be taken for granted. As a person who had struggled with depression on and off- and as a person who often felt like a burden to loved ones because of it- I discovered I didn't have to live my life like that. And to anyone who has fought that battle, I want you to know you can overcome it. You CAN do it. You're not alone.
If you had told me I'd be where I am today at the beginning of 2016, I probably wouldn't have believed you. And I can honestly state I'm looking forward to what 2017 has to offer. On top of taking a part time job, I've also gotten through a semester of classes at my local campus. When the winter break ends, I'm going back to get my Biology and Computer Science credits out of the way. (It's literally been YEARS I've been holding that off)!
In random, but somewhat related, I've also created a "Ko-Fi"
button, for anyone who'd like to donate a few bucks and help me through my studies! I've been giving more serious thought to commissions, too- I'll consider opening them once I've got examples ready to show and I decide on prices. It's always great to get encouragement, and although I do what I can to manage my finances, I'd appreciate any support you'd have to offer! I'll add it onto my page later. c:
To end this journal on an uplifting note-! Remember to take the time to take care of yourself. If nobody has told you today, know that you are loved. You're worth more than you realize. And you know what? You're here for a reason. Don't lose sight of that. ❤