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This morning I received a Twitter mention from one of my long time friends. It was a quote from Lawrence Kasdan. I couldn’t agree more.
Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. -Lawrence Kasdan
2012 brought me good and bad, ups and downs just like in priors years. I’m not surprised. Instead of complaining about the bad and the down moments that unfortunately were thrown at me, I am going to say how grateful I am. Why? Well, the bad and the down moments made my mind and soul tougher and stronger. Year after year I continue to develop thicker skin. Life isn’t getting any easier. It just gets harder from here. The only way life is easy is if you take the time and energy to make the best of it. In regards to all the good and up moments thrown at me, I will say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I am blessed.
Instead of writing in details about each negative and positive of 2012, I am going to list just a few things that either put a frown or smile on my face.
1 – Gained new friendships because of my book A Second Chance
2 – My book was a hit among friends and individuals who related to the book.
3 – I got a NICE raise at work.
4 – I received a response to one of my tweets regarding Hurricane Sandy from celebrity Joey Lawrence.
5 – I had the honor of talking to the legend Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quinones through Facebook, Twitter and Skype. He is absolutely sweet, kind, intelligent and talented. I hope we can maintain communication in the near future.
6 – My husband and I had a meet and greet with Bret Michaels this past September. Bret is one of the few people who always thanks the 9/11 first responders, NYPD and FDNY during his concerts. He said he will never forget. This means a lot to us especially since my husband was there during 9/11 and is a first responder, along with one of cousins and uncle. Bret was charming and sweet and down to earth. It was a pleasure meeting him. Ignore my cheesy smile…lol. I was excited. Can’t you tell?
7 - I gained the courage to finally make the decision of publishing my first short story (coming in 2013) as oppose to just writing it and leaving it in my drawer.
8 – Having an amazing family and husband by my side no matter what.
9 – Last but not least, Health.
1 – My grandfather had to be put in a home. He cannot fend for himself the way he once did. It is still very painful seeing him in a nursing home environment, but I rather see him there than not see him at all. He is being taken good care of, and I am forever grateful that he has nurses and doctors who treat him with respect and love.
2 – Living, witnessing or hearing about the tragedies such as Hurricane Sandy, the Connecticut shooting, China stabbings, people pushing innocent individuals into the train tracks, etc. These were true nightmares that put a damper in me.
3 - The countless rejections from publishing companies; giving an opportunity to write for people, but at the end the chance was given to someone else; certain facilities or individuals not taken A Second Chance seriously even though I have an important message in my book.
4 – Spending a whole year TRYING HARD to transition from accountant to writer, but not being very successful at it. Changing careers shouldn’t be that hard, right? Perhaps soon. Who knows.
5 - Having to ax “friends” from my life or at least limit them due to lack of trust. Friendships can sometimes be deceiving.
Well, here you have it. There’s so much more, but I choose not to continue boring you all.
Many people are so excited over the fact that 2013 is around the corner (well, actually 24 hours away) and things are going to be different, better. I don’t necessary agree with that 100%. A tiny part of me believes that some unwanted baggage from the year before will still be dragged into the New Year whether we like it or not. I am excited for the New Year, however, because I hopefully plan to celebrate it in the comfort of my home among family and friends with a lot of
I want to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year.
Don’t drink and drive!!
Why do people feel incline to begin scandals, reveal dirty laundry or even dispute relationship issues on social networks? And I am not referring to many of the celebrities. That’s something they are expected to do. I am referring to non-celebrities, regular people like you and I. Are they missing the whole point of social networking? Do they think others care to read their trivial cases?
Time and time I again I read on my newsfeed (and hear about from other people) disputes between couples or friends. I, along with the rest of their friends and family, are informed of things that are considered TMI (too much information). I do not want to read a couple cursing, insulting and throwing dirt to each other’s faces. Those things should be discussed behind closed doors, off the computer. It’s one thing to post general statements about your feelings, good or bad. It’s another thing having a real fight online. I wish I can say the people behaving childishly and ridiculously are teenagers. They are grown ups and some have their own children.
Wait, then we have people who read a status, they happen to not agree, and then they begin an argument for no reason or commit adult bullying. Aren’t our statuses our personal feelings and thoughts? Facebook, for example, is supposed to be connecting and sharing with family and friends and even gain new friends. It should be a fun environment, not a Jerry Springer show. The same thing goes with Twitter. It may sound easy to just day, “Well, if you are not happy with what you read on your newsfeed, then delete people.” In my case, the problems are not directed at me so I do not find it logical to delete people. I make this point because the whole ordeal is embarrassing and irritating. Am I the only one who feels this way?
Grown ups should act like grown ups. They should use social networks for the right reasons…connecting, sharing and networking. It’s okay to write direct messages through Facebook or Twitter to “fight.” It’s private. Keep hideous, childish and personal attacks off the newsfeed. Unfortunately, everyone can read it. Speaking for myself, I appreciate and respect people who address their differences privately. I do not appreciate people publicly slamming one another. What do you gain from that?