There have been times in these past few years when I wanted to shut my eyes and wish everything back to normal, but what is normal? Now, normal is two incredibly strong teenagers who are beginning to make their mark in the world, my new career as an artist, wonderful friends and family. The dark days of the bullying and wretched behaviour by co-workers and sometimes by bosses are long gone. Karma will take care of all of that.
My beautiful friend who visited last night lives on the other side of the world and we met by chance in that first politician's office. Our ritual is we drink French Champagne when we get together. On paper we have little in common, but in real life we have a mutual love and respect, despite our incredibly different upbringings and ages. We can tell each other anything and everything. We offer each other good advice, while shrugging our shoulders at the weirdness of some of the life dilemmas that we face.
For all the bullshit I have been through in the past decade, these new people in my life make me realise that the Universe offers up rewards that we least expect.
This year has been one of the hardest of my life and now that I have the space to breathe I am hearing the same from many others. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger is the worst cliche ever, but it is true.
Bring on 2017.