I have noticed several things this year including a drastic change in my writing style. I am less angry and less resenttful, at least most of the time. I’m not any more optomisitc, at least politically. I think the lack of action on the part of Obama and Congress burst my Hope Bubble. I did not expect a complete loss of faith in the American political system, but a trip to Ireland and conversations with locals there led me to believe that the world has lost faith in us as well.
My own long-term unemployment has given me the opportunity to get to know my children on a level I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise, and I have to say that I am quite happy with the way their personalities are developing. The craziness of a 4-year-old boy notwithstanding, I find that he has a sense of humor that will carry him through life when his intellect makes it difficult for him. My daughter, who chooses to speak only in phrases at 16 months and uses singular words only when absolutely necessary is also quite the jokester and a bit of a daredevil (which makes her Mommy incredibly nervous)!
This year I hope for a job, which will bring with it financial security and health care. I plan on writing a book and beseech the universe for the willpower and time to complete and publish it. I’d like to dedicate more time and attention here, because developing my political opinion writing can only be a good thing. I feel as though I have become a “real” adult in the past year. This year I hope to be a better one.