Here we are almost a week into the New Year already. During the holidays I spent some lovely time with my family and I hope you did too. It’s time for me to get back to writing and a lot of other things as well. When I don’t write, I sure do miss it; so I’m delighted to be back at it, some of that other stuff, not so much. So here’s my first blog post of 2014!
I don’t know about you, but I like the sound of 2014 better than 2013. For some reason an odd-numbered year doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as easily for me or have the same ring to it as an even-numbered year. Or maybe it’s just me…
Every year of course brings with it a blend of good things and not-so-good things. Some years are way out of balance; 2010 was a year like that. For me, that was cancer diagnosis year, brca+ revelation year, chemo year, bald year, beginning of reconstruction year and so on and so on. Lots and lots of unpleasant stuff. But I did start blogging and writing in general more that year – definitely two good things, among others of course. But as life goes, a balanced year it was not.
2011 and 2012 were pick-up-the-pieces-post-cancer-diagnosis kind of years for me. Lots of learning and lots of adapting went on and continues still… Those were re-set years as I tried to re-establish some kind of balance in my life. Or as some call it, finding your “new normal”. Don’t get me started on that one…
2013 brought lots of exciting changes within my family, but sticking to the cancer front, I think I finally came to the realization that surviving survivor-ship is a whole lot harder than it’s cracked up to be. IMO all that “pinking of breast cancer” is partly to blame for what could almost be construed as the normalization/glamorization/trivialization of breast cancer that continues to go on… Nothing about breast cancer is normal or simple, including surviving survivor-ship. Pink propaganda? Yeah, there’s an idea for a future post, right?
It was made crystal clear to me in 2013 that I have side effect issues from cancer treatment that will likely be with me from here on out. I’m still NED though, so bottom line is, I try not to complain too much or too loudly, though I won’t be silenced either. Again, it’s about balance.
What will 2014 bring?
Who knows, right?
I’ve been wondering though, if you could know right now what 2014 has in store for you, would you want to know?
Have you ever wished you had that crystal ball which would allow you to look into your future?
If you did, would you take a peek?
Sometimes we dream about what it might be like to know what the future has in store for us, or least I have. Sometimes I think knowing what lies ahead would be really wonderful; sometimes not so much…
Regardless, 2014 is upon us. Undoubtedly, there will be new challenges for each of us and most of us will face them as best we can. And most of us will strive toward finding that elusive balance as well. I certainly plan to.
In 2014, I hope the scales tip heavily toward the good side of things that life brings your way.
I hope 2104 is kind to you and your family.
I hope 2014 is kind to us all.
Wishing you all a wonderful New Year!
If you had a crystal ball, would you want a glimpse into your future?
What will be one of your challenges in 2014?