Where I’ve Been
2016 has been a year.
But in between the physical trauma, canceled travel plans, Soterios Johnson leaving Morning Edition, countless lost legends (Donald Trump is literally the reason Sharon Jones died!), emotional affliction, Brexit, the election—and, as a result of all of the above, the ebb and flow of my unwieldy anxiety—I still spoke on panels at SXSWedu and Stony Brook, my best friend got engaged, The Last Shadow Puppets released a new album, my spirit animal published an amazing book, I spent time with family friends who live on the other side of the planet, Dale’d at a Pitbull concert (as much as one can in an ankle brace, anyway), paid off my student loans (hooray for becoming debt-free!), Zach Braff favorited one of my tweets, I felt and witnessed unconditional love and support from family and friends, and of course, found a new home at Flocab.
But also, Zach Braff favorited one of my tweets.
You may recognize the above image from Hyperbole and a Half. If you want to better understand what it’s like for someone coping with anxiety and depression (one of the ongoing challenges I’ve faced this year), I encourage you to read this post from Allie Brosh, who explains in a way better than I ever could.
I am so grateful to Melissa and my mom and Nico and Rebecca and Ariel and Yi-Jin and Huddy and Laura; I’m not quite sure what I would have done without them. So long, 2016. You won’t be missed, but you sure made me learn a lot about myself (and others).