In Which the Blogger Turns Another Year Older…

Fancy a slice – or two – of cake?

The last time the Year of the Dragon rolled ’round, I turned twenty-four amidst the hustle and bustle of the scene I found myself in at the time.  I was between jobs, taking a stab at freelancing, and had just made a foray into the local animation biz (as a scriptwriter and story developer; I cannot, alas, draw for the proverbial toffee).  It was, alas, not the easiest year for me.  I won’t go into the details, anymore, as some memories remain painful, but suffice it to say that I found myself disillusioned with what I was doing at the time.  And, for a few years, I felt that I was adrift and alone.

Fast-forward to 2012, yet another Dragon year.  I turned 36 today – not a bad age to be, perhaps a bit long in the tooth now, probably (!) a little wiser than that green girl I was a dozen years ago.  That girl baked the driest cinnamon buns, rock-hard foccacia, and had a tendency to burn and cut herself in the kitchen.  While I still burn or cut myself occasionally in the process of cooking, I take pride in saying that at least my cooking is a whole lot better than it used to be.  Plus, my repertoire of recipes has expanded considerably over the years.

Admittedly, I still suffer from bouts of depression – this, I think, will always be a given.  I am only human, after all, and some wounds will – alas! – never heal completely and have left dreadful scars and horrible memories.  But, I can cope.  I’ll manage.  I have people who love me and who believe in my talents.  I have faith, even if I seem to be on the verge of giving up at times.

And, who knows?  Things can only get better from here on out.

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