About a year ago, a friend invited me to a taping of Last Week Tonight. At that point in time, I had vaguely heard of John Oliver, but I did not know how truly funny or on target he is.
He has a way of broaching sensitive subjects that makes the audience laugh and think at the same time. There is a honesty to his comedy, which is very badly needed. If only there were more like him.
Life is nothing but interesting. We sometimes make decisions and we never know how the outcome of those decisions are going to affect our lives.
A year ago, I made a decision. There was an area in my life where I felt stagnant. Yes, it was comfortable, but I felt like I was in chains. Then I broke free. But I did not look at the whole picture before breaking free.
The last year, professionally speaking, has been a roller coaster. To say that it has not been easy is an understatement. I’ve shed my fair share of tears in the last 12 months. I’ve faced disappointments that I had not had to face in a long time. But I’ve had to dry my tears, pick myself up from the disappointments and move on with my life.
A part of me wishes I could go back and warn my past self about the decision that I would be making. It would be saving myself a year of tears, heartache and disappointment. But we all know that what is done cannot be undone, we can only move forward with our lives.
But another part of me knows that what I have gone through since last summer has made me stronger. I’ve had new opportunities, some which did not work as hoped, but that’s ok. My social circle has grown, I’ve had new experiences and most importantly, I’ve taken the steps to hopefully do in life what I’ve always want to do, instead of what I needed to do.
I’ve also learned to truly appreciate the good things in my life. When life is comfortable, easy and wrapped up in routine, we can sometimes forget to count our blessings. Shaking up what is comfortable and familiar reminds us to count our blessings, no matter how small.
Life is nothing but a series of changes, large and small. Who I am today as I write this post will be different in a certain sense that who I am one year from today.
What a difference a year makes.