If you are reading this, it means you're likely one of the ones who come by regularly for a quick read, a laugh, maybe out of sheer morbid curiosity wondering what on earth I'm going to write about or say next, or maybe you come along because this stuff works for you.
Whatever the reason, thank you so much for popping by. This is the last blog I'll write for 2016.
It seems fitting that this is a post especially directed to you.
It is a genuine heartfelt thank you for all the times you messaged me to tell me how much my post/s have meant to you, how they made a difference to you or for a family member or friend to whom you copied the posts, sent it to them and it helped them too.
Thank you for all the times you clicked "like" or commented on the posts that have kept the momentum going and added to the discussions and fostered more of the openness I've been trying to generate.
When there are no likes or comments, it would usually mean that no one is reading, but as I've found out, some is simply because you didn't want to be seen as having "anxiety" or being "stressed" by being connected to a post about it. I am glad you were able to speak to me about that though, a confession of sorts that let me know that yes, you do have it but that the post helped you. These conversations are truly amazing to have and worth much more than any clicks.
I thank you for clicking by for a simple read, maybe just to pass the time.
To you reading this, I wish you and your family and friends an amazing and spectacular Merry Christmas and New Year. You deserve it.
2017 is going to be an amazing year for all of us, and of course we all have lots to do, challenges to overcome and successes to embrace and be proud of. A positive attitude can help deal with almost any obstacle you might face.
But please remember during anything not-so-awesome; without some bad times happening every now and again, how can we truly appreciate the good when it comes along? Makes them all the sweeter when you think about it.
Now I'm working through this year, so if you do ever need to talk, feel free to message me. If I can't help in some way, I know lots of people who can. I'm no counsellor nor professionally trained, but sometimes its just good to have someone listen. I've got ears. I'm told they work.
A little note for those of you who have it a bit rough right now. I know there are a fair few of you out there in inter-web land. Please take care of yourself, stay true, dont be afraid to ask for help if you need it, try to look for any positive things you can make happen (no matter how small) in the situations you're in, and look after those who need you.
Keep on keeping on, you got this. You can make it through. The opinions of others are not yours to own. Remember who you are and where you came from.
You've always been a lot stronger than you've given yourself credit for.
For everyone else, if you see someone in need, offer to help. Sometimes just having someone ask and offer support can make all the difference in the world.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and stay safe. Kinda like having you around.
Take care of you and yours. Bring on 2017.