Personally I'm not exactly sure how to rank 2010. If you had asked me in July I probably would have given it a 3 too. A lot of messed up things happened during the first part of the year.
But here's the unexpected part: All the events that I had been upset about turned out to be launching pads to get me to new and incredibly exciting opportunities. I don't mean that in an abstract way. I'm not suggesting that what didn't kill me made me stronger or some other stupid daily-affirmations-calendar-cliché. I mean that events that tore me apart at the time of their happening directly led me to the path that I had been seeking (and not finding) while things were going well. That's absolutely true in regards to my professional life but it's also true within my personal life. It's like I had a huge stack of books and someone just knocked them all over, making a huge mess. But the weight of their fall also knocked open the door to a secret passageway that seems to be leading to a really cool place. In fact I now actually feel grateful for those who screwed me over in the first half of the year because without them all the good stuff that happened during the latter part of the year wouldn't have taken place.
It's hard to see the big picture when you feel you're being pummeled by a bunch of seemingly overwhelming challenges and setbacks. When Spiderman was bit by a spider he didn't say, "Wow, this is awesome! I've been bit by a spider and that's going to make me a powerful superhero!" Instead he said, "Ow."
We're allowed to say, "Ow," when we're hurt. We're allowed to take a little time to nurse our wounds. But please keep in mind that sometimes the wound was a necessary component in the process of getting us to the place where we want to be. It's not always immediately obvious how that's going to happen. But sometimes the bad things aren't really so bad. You just have to give it time to figure out how it's all going to work out for you.
2010 was a difficult year for a lot of us. But, for many of us, I think all those challenges are going to lead to a really amazing 2011. Personally, I can't wait to see what it brings.
Happy New Year!
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