Time to get sentimental!
I browsed through the pictures taken this year.
By the looks of it, you wouldn’t think that 2017 has been anything but wonderful.
A trip to Vienna, just before Christmas 2016.
A trip to gorgeous Rome.
3 weeks of round trip in breathtaking Canada.
Several weekends of walking on the beach or driving to Belgium.
On Social media you could think that life is perfect.
What social media doesn’t show that however, is that one week before the Christmas 2016 trip, both my grandparents passed away in just one week. I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye or go the funeral.
Other trips were stressful because I got bullied by managers and colleagues who wouldn’t even talk to me.
I was called “lazy, incompetent and anything but social”.
Behind my back, straight to my face and written in emails.
I heard people talking about my looks in a negative way.
There were insecurities about finding another job which caused quite some friction between my boyfriend and me.
And the cherry on top of everything, one of my better friend was diagnosed with a tumor.
There were not many days I didn’t cry or felt angry.
I couldn’t influence death or illnesses.
But I could have listened to the signs that this job was not good for me at least.
This year sucked.
But I did learn a lot.
Never ever again I will people ruin my self esteem.
Nor I will take loved ones for granted. Some things are unpredictable, unfortunately.
I am not expecting 2018 won’t have any stressful situations or even less than 2017.
But at least I am a bit more prepared, mentally.
As for the “Social Media” pictures, the smiles are genuine. And be prepared that in a year from now, those types of pictures will appear again 🙂
How was your 2017? What did you learn?