Hmm let's see.. the last couple of years have left me with and without many things..
Lost what i thought was the love of my life.. things happen for reasons.
Lost my job (layoff) a blessing in disguise - unemployment checks and extensions, more time to study, and get back a few hours of my life. -
Both my parents had cancer - Not the end of the world but just something else to add to the list of stressors.
I havent seen my best friend much or my family - i have "new" ones from school.
Had tennants not paying their rent - what a hassel, both legally and financialy.
But.. I've lost 52 pounds (30 of which I put on the first year of school r/t No time to exercise or eat right), quit smoking, Feb 13, this year, of all days, I met the greatest guy,- and i wasn't even looking, I have never felt better with out the full time job and only school to focus on I can run and ride my bike.
School for me has been a wild ride - alone, it can eat away at you - add in life, especially adult life, (bills, mortgage, taxes, insurance) sick parents, obligations of birthday parites and weddings, vacations.. you name it - some people just don't get it.. but 50 bucks here and there adds up fast.
so, I lost my honey & kept my grades up, lost my job & and got my sexy back, lost my social life & realized i really wasn't missing anything, kept my old clunker truck & paid some on student loans, and i have a job for after i graduate IN 3 WEEKS!!!! but even if i end up not in love with nursing (new career for me) i learned as much or more about myself in this program as i have text book, and clinical skills that I'm a better person - no matter what i decide to do becasue of nursing school. ALL the sacrifices and losses, and being damn near broke, and depressed and stressed, and sick has made realize a whole new me.. - hummm.30,000$ shrink, not covered by any HMO. ?? and well worth every penny - to me.
Best of eveything to all of you - it still amazes me just how much we all balance, and still keep on going.