What a year…

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Time PassingIn a few days, I’ll have been back in Michigan a whole year since I left in 1994 to join the Navy.  There was a brief year from 1998 to 1999 where I came back after my four year Navy tour, and then left again for a job at Gateway Computers.  A  year in which I’ve written 65 blog posts.  Meager entertainment for my 5 readers out there.  I don’t regret my joining the Navy, but I do regret leaving in the first place.  Although in some ways it’s like I never left Michigan.

I’m not going to dwell on the many wrong choices I’ve made any more.  It’s time to focus on the choices I make now.

It may not look like it from the outside, but this past year has actually been a success for me.  Just not as much as I had hoped.  I had hoped to accomplish more and I also managed to accomplish one thing I didn’t expect to do so quickly.  I’ll talk more about that one thing at another time.

I’m actually proud of what I’ve managed to do this past year despite everything that has gone wrong over the past 4-5 years.  Financially I’ve managed to hold my own without assistance from family or friends.  Not even the government.  And I’ve managed to do it all on my one job.  Which props must go out to my boss who allowed me to keep my job and set me up so that no one would really know of my health conditions.  He’s kept the good health insurance he has had rather than forcing me into Obamacare and I’m incredibly thankful for that.  I’m thankful for the others in the office who handle people bringing in their equipment and connecting it to a special computer for me and then giving it back to them when I’m done programming or reprogramming it.

While my apartment isn’t anything great and frankly is over priced for being so small.  I’m proud that I’ve managed to keep myself fed despite I couldn’t get the healthier foods I should be eating.  Get in regular doctor visits.  Pay for my medications, afford my entertainment of Netflix and have a REALLY NICE internet connection (FiOS can suck it!) 😀

I’ve also managed to pay off some of my medical bills.  Created a new one 🙁 and even start to pay back a personal debt.  Well, I was.  New bills kind of put a dent in that.

I’m also still thankful for the folks that helped me get setup here.  From helping me secure this place to furnishing it some.  It’s made living in this tiny place more comfortable.

While I was here, I made a new friend.  I’ve even started dating again finally after spending years alone.  After several date failures, this one is looking up 🙂

Now it’s time to move forward and find a new place.  It seems for a mere $50 more a month I could’ve had a place with 2 full bedrooms (vice this partial bedroom with no closet or room for my dresser), and an actual living room.  What I live in now is just left over space.  A hallway with 3 very small rooms for the bath, bed and kitchen.   Time to spend time with my sons and daughters in East Jordan.  Time to start going to church more regularly.  Time to get involved.

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