Today is the last Monday left in 2021. Can you believe it is almost 2022? It surely has been a long and extremely challenging couple of years. There have been a limited number of improvements and or changes, so I am hesitant to be overly hopeful that 2022 is going to be much different than the past few years. If you think about just the last year alone and think about everything that has happened. Yes, there have been some good moments and we need to be thankful for our life. Not to be negative, but does the good and bad experiences in the past year balance each other?
Of course, the issues with COVID are slightly better, safer, but could still be much better. The positive thing is, there has been a decrease in new cases and fewer deaths. There are still breakthrough cases and even though they are mostly unvaccinated, some fully vaccinated people are still getting COVID. Unfortunately, 815,000 people in the United States lost their life to COVID and more than 4 million worldwide lost their life due to COVID. I am fully aware that there are some that will disagree with me on this, but I do strongly feel that if everyone would get fully vaccinated, we as a world, not individual countries would be in a much better and safer place to be in!
This past weekend was Christmas. After last year when we were all encouraged to stay at home, not participate in large gatherings, and basically survive on house arrest without being officially arrested. Living in fear of a deadly virus was exhausting and insanely frustrating. It was hard on me because not too many people understand what it is like to have a weak immune system, so most cannot comprehend why I do not leave my house often and when I do I wear a mask and sanitize everything! I do hope you were able to enjoy a relaxing, safe, and lovely Christmas with your family!
I do believe December has been one of the most difficult months for me. A lot of this has to do with being laid off from my job and searching for a new job. I was working for a mortgage company when I was laid off and I did know it could happen. The crazy thing is even after this not-so-fun experience, I am looking at other mortgage companies. Most people would probably try finding a job in another industry that is more stable, but I worked with mortgages for many years at two different companies. It is just what I know but I enjoyed what I was doing.
I was already aware that I do not do well with not working because I like to stay busy and have a schedule. A lot of people like not working because they have limitless free time, but free time makes me feel like I am losing my mind. I think the reason is that work occupies my mind and prevents me from thinking too hard about other issues in life.
We have all heard that old saying “When it rains it pours”, right? This could not be truer! My husband and I were on our way home from Christmas dinner, and we had to stop for gas. After my husband filled up the gas tank, he went to start the truck so we could head home, and that darn truck would not start. I am not mechanically inclined, but my husband is so while I went from calm to panic in less than a second, my husband analyzes the possible reasons. I did not know this at the time, but he slides under the truck and hit the fuel pump, got back in the truck, and it started right up. Apparently, I need to get the truck to the shop for a new fuel pump to be installed. Of course, I have to deal with car troubles a little more than two weeks after getting laid off.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today! I know this is not one of my typical Motivation Monday posts, but I had so much the has been crowding my mind I had to get some of my thoughts out. Clearing our minds from unnecessary and increased stress is best for Mental Health. I hope you and your family had an amazing holiday and you are ready to tackle the last week of 2021. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!
Reblogged this on Survivors Blog Here Mental Health Collaborative .
Hi Alyssa, I haven’t been on the computer too much! My hubby was laid off also in May of 2020. He hasn’t worked much since, just odd and end jobs here and there. It is very stressful even though it wasn’t me. He did however go back to his old job on December 16th. I am hoping and praying 2022 is a lot better.
I do understand the not getting out thing! I only get out if I have to. Do lots of grocery pick up and send my daughter or one of my two sons anywhere possible for me. lol I only get out if I absolutely have to. Like this morning I am going to the doctor for a bloodwork check up. Im having a few issues and am hoping they can be resolved.
I love reading your post! Wishing you a better 2022!
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Thank you so much, Jen! I appreciate your comment and you made my day saying you love reading my posts. It was challenging to do my writing when I had a job and now that I don’t I still have not done much because I have been engulfed in massive stress. I am sorry your husband had to deal with a layoff as well. I am glad he got his old job back and hope things go well with it.
The not leaving the house feels like house arrest and it drives me insane. I only do grocery delivery and as much as I hated grocery shopping, I almost miss it. I know most people hate doing the bloodwork check ups, but I don’t mind them. I like watching the blood draws. Crazy, right? I do hope 2022 gets better and maybe it will. I still blame all the layoffs on one person and one person only, but I won’t get into that.
I hope you are all staying safe and I am with you praying things improve!!!