Happy New Year to you all.
Upon reflection of my 2015, it’s been a big one – and I wanted to share a little bit of it with you.
2014 saw me lose one of my best friends. I also got evicted from my apartment, which meant I lost about Dhs25,000 in rent. Add to that, I was broke from losing that money. I was alone, homeless, broke, unhealthy and unwell – I was lonely, and grieving this time last year.
I hated my life – I hated the UAE, I was miserable and didn’t know where to go or what to do. I had hit rock bottom, I was ready to throw in the towel – but I didn’t. I didn’t, because I had wonderful people around me, supporting me and helping me – and showing me the light.
And I am so glad I didn’t give up, on the UAE, on myself, on life.
I have met some of the most remarkable people this year, I have had some of the most memorable and enriching experiences of my life, and I have clawed my way out of the darkness.
I got an apartment, I persevered. I saw past the grief of losing Raph, I will always be devastated, but I can cope with the emotions now – and celebrate the impact she had on my life.
I experienced White Collar DXB, which opened my world up to a healthier, happier lifestyle. I made new friends too.
I’ve also learned to cherish and appreciate the little things in life, and be grateful for what I have – my health, my people, my life.
I’m just sharing this because I know sometimes, the UAE is hard to live in. Away from your support network, with a legal system that sometimes can be extremely challenging, and a high cost of living. But it’s also a wonderful place to live, with amazing people.
Thank you 2015, for showing me the light – and thank you everyone who was a part of it. I am in the best place I’ve been in a very long time, and to anyone feeling the darkness around – know that as Flo sings – it’s always darkest before the dawn.