Every so often I find it helpful to check in with myself and consider where I was at this point “X” number of years ago. It keeps my brain working properly, melding the current challenges that I’m facing with the past obstacles that I have overcome. In general, when I examine my past I feel a lot better about my current standing. In retrospect, my position in life is ridiculously superior when I look at everything I have going for me now, compared to even a few years ago. For instance, I was totally alone back then. I had a few friends, but no one to call my own. Secondly, I used to live in cheap apartments, while these days I get to live in an actual house with some privacy, land, and our own HVAC. Sometimes I just think about the little things, like the year that my apartment heater stopped working, and feel blessed. I remember the days that I lived in a climate with brutally cold and long winters, and relied entirely on my central heating method to stay alive for half of the year. I recall the day that it was less than 0 degrees outside, and I woke up to find that my apartment was about 20. I remember calling the landlord over and over again, and being shushed about my heating problem while simultaneously assured that an HVAC worker was already called out. I remember laying in my freezing cold apartment, literally crying and begging the landlord to push the HVAC request to the top of the list. I recall sleeping next to a space heater for warmth and barely making it to work the next day. Yes, when I think back, especially my current HVAC situation is a lot better than it used to be.