2015 may have been the hardest year of my life
I say “may have been” because third grade and I didn’t get along. Sixth grade wasn’t my best friend either. And the year I spent working in QA at Epic Systems probably elevated my blood pressure the highest.
I think it’s safe to say, though, that 2015 has been the hardest year of my adult life. I fully intend a twofold meaning for hardest: both painful and challenging. I won’t air my grievances here, but those who know me well will understand why the first half of the year was so difficult. In the second half of the year, getting on a plane to start a new career in Ukraine was possibly the most adventurous thing I’ve ever done.
I’ll focus on the second part. Teaching in Ukraine has been fantastic. I’ve had the opportunity to learn teaching in an environment that’s simultaneously supportive and challenging. I’ve helped a whole bunch of students improve their knowledge of a language that will open uncountable doors for them in the future. I’ve experienced living in a new city, country, and culture, with all the discoveries that entails, and made new friends I never would have had a chance of meeting otherwise.
So while 2015 was hard, it was also good. Every year brings ups and downs, but looking back from my current perspective, I can see that my life has been on a net upward trend from year-to-year. 2015 was the year a year of personal struggle, but it was also the year I earned my first-degree black belt, made new strides in health and fitness, sought adventure in distant lands, and began to learn uncountable new skills. It was the year I became comfortable delivering a presentation to an audience of 60+ students and the year I admired swans at dawn on the river Wisla.
None of this would have been possible without the achievements and growth of prior years. Self-improvement is the real super-power, and I’m happy with the progress of made, and the opportunities I have for the future. God has been good to me.
I’m looking forward to seeing what 2016 will offer, beginning with another semester in Ukraine, and beyond that only God knows.
Happy New Year!