Celebrating 2015 & Having Hope for the Future

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Me With My Writer Pals

Me With My Writer Pals

Raise your hand if 2015 went exactly as planned.

Yeah, me neither! I was sure this was going to be MY year where I accomplished or at least set off on my biggest life dreams. Instead I spent 90% of the year on the couch with an ice pack on my head trying to balance my migraines alongside my mental health.

That’s the way it goes, sometimes, or a lot of the time. But that’s okay because we get second chances, and third chances, and fourth. Pretty much the only thing we have to do at any given time is survive, and if we can do that then there’s hope for tomorrow.

I reread a favourite book recently, The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews (read it – it is pure magic!). At one point in the book one of the characters says (I’m paraphrasing here) that no matter what happens, it’s comforting to know that everything coming in our future will land on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

I find that comforting. We can count on things like calendar days, the sun rising and setting, and life always being a giant mess of good things and bad things and okay things and awesome things.

There’s hope for 2016 and it most likely won’t go according to plan. You never know, it might be the best year we’ve ever had. It’s possible! We have no freaking idea and that’s okay. That’s what makes life fun.

I’ll be here in 2016 and I hope you will be too. Merry Christmas, happy holidays, whatever you do or don’t celebrate, I’m so glad you’re here with me. That’s all that matters. We’re here, we’re surviving, and tomorrow is on the horizon.




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14 Comments on “Celebrating 2015 & Having Hope for the Future”

  1. Dave

    I hope your holidays are enjoyable too and I look forward to your upcoming posts. One day at a time, right?

  2. Ruby

    Thanks for keeping up the fight Erin! You’re such an inspiration! I appreciate your encouraging words, you really put things in perspective. Happy holidays!

  3. Michelle Louise

    Love this! Thanks for the post. Yes, it’s encouraging to remember those things that are consistent, and to choose hope in the places of inconsistency. Merry Christmas!

  4. Kay

    This is one year I was determined to survive, broken heart and all. I didn’t accomplish a lot extra but I did survive. Let’s all hope for exciting feelings, things and happenings in 2016!

  5. Joe

    I’m looking at somr biiiiig life changes in 2016 and its both terrifying and exciting in equal mesure. I hope your 2016 proves to a great one, Erin, and I’ll certainly be keeping up eith you throughout.


  6. Sherri

    I have never commented on a blog. The holidays where especially difficult this year. 2015 was the worst year ever DUECES!!! I am 20 years into my diagnosed depression. In the past i would joke with friends that i needed to write a book. Life happened depression happened blah blah. Last week i was asked what my passion was. Writing. I forgot!! So i began to write and that fucked me up. I resurrected things i forgot about. I have been waiting 2 months to see a new psychologist the appointment is Tuesday. Here we go again. Im trying to stay positive. Poor doctors wrong diagnosis…im sure you know. I have been researching again and it is all too much. I found your blog and felt comfortable. Thanks for your sincerity i hope that one day soon i will feel better. 2016 has to be better. Then again i have said so many times that it cant get worse…and it always has. Trying to ignore my brain. Or the lack of

  7. Just me

    I am trying to keep a positive mind, starting out this new year. Inside, I feel like I am falling apart. Failing marriage, co-dependant, no job, kids… I don’t know what to do anymore. I can try to make everyone happy but where is my happiness??? I feel lost again.

  8. Maureen D.

    I realize I have much to share. I need a place of understanding. I want to post on facebook. But no one wants to hear that. So, if you will have me, this is what I need to say.
    Depression is like your own mind is your worst enemy. A bully takes up in your head and reminds you of all the worst things about yourself, your life, and what you can’t do. Where do these thoughts come from? The past? Bullies at school, perhaps, peers telling you you’re ugly, fat, flat, etc… Family members, unaware of their own mental illness, criticizing you, unable to encourage, point out your faults, what you didn’t do right. Ending up in relationships where, lucky you, they have the same dysfunctions, because of their upbringing and contribute to the shit pile that is the darkness in your head. And no one understands. It’s not that bad, they say. There’s so much to be thankful for, they say. You try to believe these things, every day. But depression doesn’t forgive and it doesn’t forget. It hangs on, digs in, and is a ball-and-chain. Somehow it’s stronger than all of your positive thoughts. You withdraw. Because people cause pain, they disapprove, they reject, they let you down. But, if you’re lucky you can fight it. Manage it. Medicate it. Get used to it. Learn to live with it. Understand it. Accept it. Feel the sun. See your child smile. Smile. Hugs. Lots and lots of hugs. Get a snuggly dog. Remember your blessings. Snap out of it. Move again. Move forward. Yes, you’ll make it. You are a survivor.

  9. Support

    It is very important to come out from depression..There are various articles and course on Art of living which are helpful to come out from depression. Great thoughts are shared here.

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