In many ways, 2008 was a pretty crappy year for me.

  • I lost a job
  • I got a new job
  • My dad lost a lung
  • I lost a dog
  • I lost another dog
  • I misplaced a third dog, but it came back alive
  • I lost a cat
  • I moved
  • I lost another job
  • My wife left me
  • I found a job, a second job and a third job
  • I lost my home (i.e. the kids moved to a new house)
  • I got nothing for Christmas

Just writing this down has been painful. But it was not all bad.

  • I did some volunteer work for an organization that really deserved it
  • I created a couple of neat open source projects
  • I ran a marathon in November, something I would not have thought possible even as late as August
  • I discovered that I was too hard on myself, and learned to stop beating myself up so much

I sometimes wonder if I would have given up those good things in order to keep the bad things from happening. But I’m not sure. Which, I guess, means that as bad as the bad has been, the good outweighs it.

So far, 2009 has been pretty decent. Here’s hoping it stays that way.


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