"I may be a whineybutt, BUT...."

  1. Ok, it's the end of the year. Time to Take Stock....

    I just realized that this whole year has been a series of crises that, in years past, would've totally wiped me out emotionally. Then, I would've gotten all depressed and upset.

    But this year, Ok yeah, I've been whiney and a general PITA, :imbar:

    BUT.... I haven't collapsed in a puddle of tears, I haven't gotten addicted to ETOH, didn't start smoking again, have not lost my mind, run away, or tried other Ineffective Coping Skills and ---

    BIGGEST VICTORY!!!---I hardly even thought about doing negative things like that. I just tried to set my sights on goals I could do every day. Like getting to work. Getting through work. Been that way since June.
    And I realized, today:

    I"M STILL WORKING EVERY DAY. and by golly, THE WORST IS OVER. (OK, maybe by default, since this is the end of the year :chuckle )

    I have to admit, ATTITUDE has a lot to do with conquering problems.

    And experience.

    So here's the question:

    Tell us YOUR BIGGEST PERSONAL VICTORY THIS YEAR!
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  2. 35 Comments

  3. by   ptnurse
    Congratulations on your positive attitude. You have truely changed the negatives of the last year into positives. Good for you.
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    Mine was breaking free of working for the same company for 11 years. It was literally making me physically ill. I took the plunge, and am SO glad I did. I took a leap of faith and it worked. There's a song that my choir sings that I can't get through without crying:

    Well, well, it's allright.
    Well, well, it's allright!
    Said I wouldn't make it,
    but I made it through the night!
    Well, well, it's allright.

    I made it through the rain..ALLRIGHT!
    I made it through the pain..ALLRIGHT!

    He made a way, made a way for me.

    Well, well, it's allright.
  5. by   rebelwaclause
    Sleepy...What an inspiration you are! And you're right...

    Originally posted by Sleepyeyes
    ATTITUDE has a lot to do with conquering problems.

    And experience.

    to you!
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    I think it was finalizing the adoption of our son and watching him grow into a true member of the family. He brings so much to us.
    I can't imagine living without him ever.
    -Russell
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I can't say I did anything heroic this year....I suffered two sad pregnancy losses and the loss of a baby at work ....tragic. I am a work in progress. I can say I have worked with two ladies who suffered losses since and handled it very well...so perhaps I am on the road to where you others are already. Like I said, a work in progress am I. And there is a lot to be done....I admire you all.
  8. by   researchrabbit
    Vegas, I ditched my toxic workplace too. And Deb -- surviving tragedies is heroic...

    And I can't say as how anyone has really been a whineybutt. Face it, adults are neophytes at it...takes a child to REALLY whine.
  9. by   ?burntout
    My biggest victory is that I am still here.......trying to survive though my life has been forever more changed..

    Ginger
  10. by   RN always
    You all amaze me! I truly admire you all. So many times I have been feeling down and sorry for myself and I come to this site and get uplifted by your spirits, challenges, goals, successess and humor. I would have to say my biggest personal victory this year was graduating school, passing nclex, getting my first nursing job, and successfully completing my first 6 months! It was also finding this website!
  11. by   hapeewendy
    dont ever minimize your victories...
    whether they be dumping a workplace that has become caustic, surviving loss or just plain realizing that we are all works in progress..

    I applaud each of your successes and will be rooting for you from miles away...

    this years been a tough one for me , made the decision to go back to school for my bscn , while working full time , starting to get over the break up of a 7 year relationship, trying to get my act together and figure out what I want from this life of mine, both professionally and personally
    and hey no better time for us all to do that then at the start of a new year!

    I hope 2003 is filled with much happiness for all of you and that the burdens you have to overcome are kept at a minimum
  12. by   PennyLane
    This has been the hardest year of my life, by far. In January my 32-year old sister died of Hodgkin;s lymphoma. My boyfriend and I went through a very rough period b/c I was severly depressed, anxious, and controlling. Then I decided I want to be a nurse. things are looking up for me, but every day I still think of my sister. It's especially hard now that the holidays are here.
  13. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by Mel D
    This has been the hardest year of my life, by far. In January my 32-year old sister died of Hodgkin;s lymphoma. My boyfriend and I went through a very rough period b/c I was severly depressed, anxious, and controlling. Then I decided I want to be a nurse. things are looking up for me, but every day I still think of my sister. It's especially hard now that the holidays are here.
    ((((mel)))) I am so sorry about your loss. Though the holidays are difficult for those who've suffered a loss, they're also a way to reconnect with our family and friends and celebrate the lives of those we love.
  14. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by ?burntout
    My biggest victory is that I am still here.......trying to survive though my life has been forever more changed..

    Ginger
    We don't need to know the circumstances; we applaud you for just having the strength to be here. ((((ginger)))))

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