I'm not going to sugar coat it, 2019 was a bad year. I lost two friends, one of whom I would see almost every day at shift change, to cancer in the earlier part of the year. Work has been hectic, because of understaffing, but I have to say that I and my small department have been able to handle everything that came down the pipe.
The latter part of the year involved climbing out from the low I hit in March and April. Staying busy was important- between work and volunteering, I was able to take comfort in routine. Having a support group of close friends was instrumental in buoying me up. Blogging also helped, the structure of sitting down and writing is therapeutic.
I'm not the sort of person to wax melancholy at the end of the year... like I said, the hits I took took place in the earlier months. I'm in a lot better shape than I was from mid-March to early-April, when I was hit with a set of two one-two emotional and professional punches. I won't be sorry to put this year behind me, though.