I'm sure some of you on here have gone through the pain of a divorce, and have also had a string of bad breaks. Back in April/May I discovered that my wife of five years (who I was with for nearly ten years) was cheating with multiple men and leading a double life. Since she worked shifts, it was easy for her to accomplish this. Around the same time, my Grandfather (and hero) passed away. Also, my mentor teacher died of cancer, my best friend moved out of state, my cousin who I'm very close to was shipped overseas to serve the country, and I tore two knee ligaments playing sports and was hobbled for most of last summer.
During this lockout, my life has been a story of recovery and personal strength. Having lost nearly everything I had previously known, I now watch the Penguins at a different house, with people I didn't even know during last season. It was tempting to give up, or to take a dark path. But I learned to fight, and to appreciate the things I did have. So if you are faced with adversity, defeat, loss, or personal tragedy, never lose focus on what is important in life. Every day is a holiday, every meal is a banquet.
UPDATE: Since this is New Year's Eve, it's appropriate now that I can update my story. It's been about a year and a half since my divorce, which was made final this past spring. I'm currently engaged to the woman I've been with now for a little over a year. We'll be married in summer 2014. I sold my old house and purchased a fixer-upper for us to live in, and I'm in the process of remodeling the entire house, and nearly all of that is complete. Because of the downsizing, I've got very little debt, and my finances have completely recovered. As for my friends, I've made new ones, kept a few of the old....the ones closest to me. Most importantly, I've learned so much about life, and about myself. Many of the comments made to me on here were taken to heart, and ironically now I'm helping my best friend through a separation. Thanks again for all the advice and kind words. Every little piece of encouragement I got along the way helped to make my new journey a successful one. The ability of our hearts and minds to recover and to heal is remarkable.
Happy New Year to LGP, with hopes that 2014 brings all of us the very best.
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