Well, here we are. It’s hard to believe it’s finally 2022, yet at the same time it’s hard to believe we haven’t totally passed it by. It’s definitely been a strange, scary, and lonely couple of years.
2021 was a rollercoaster of a year for me, filled with some of the highest highs and lowest lows of my adult life. I completed a six-month web development boot camp, and found a job I enjoy. But my grandmother passed away, and I’ve battled some of the worst depression I’ve had in years, maybe ever. Then of course there are the ups and downs we’ve all been facing this year, with the virus, vaccines, world events, etc.
It’s hard to not focus on the bad stuff, especially these days when it feels like everything is at least 90% awful and the whole world is stuck in a rut. Throw in some anxious thinking, and you’re going to have a rough time.
Another nonproductive line of thinking that I’m guilty of is looking back to the person I was before the pandemic, and mourning the things that I lost. But I think the more separated I become from that version of me, the more idealized he becomes. But I try to remind myself that even though pre-pandemic Graham had the misguided confidence to attempt to chat up a cute girl at a friend’s birthday party, he would not in a million years have taken the plunge to spend 6 months learning web development.
We can’t control the world around us, nor how it affects our lives. All we can do, as we look back at 2021 and towards 2022, is adapt and choose how we rebuild ourselves. 2021 was about laying the foundation for our new, stronger selves, and 2022 will be about building on that foundation.
For me, that foundation was living and breathing computer code for months. But your foundation doesn’t have to be that, it can be smaller, it can be bigger, it can be whatever you accomplished this year that you can be proud of.