It's been a long time since I checked in properly here on dA, so here I am~!
Although still not officially discharged from hospital, I've fully recovered from the retina surgery I had back in early March. I've been left with no serious longterm side-effects, with exception to some minor light sensitivity and floaters (the latter of which will dissapear within the next year or two). The outcome could have been a lot worse so I was very lucky to be forwarded to such good specialists. Hurrah for the NHS and hurrah for modern medicine, I say!
The past twelve months have been an absolute rollercoaster for me, as most of you probably know. This time last year I was approaching one of the hardest stretches in my adult life, going through an absolute stinker of a relationship meltdown. It pushed me to what I thought was the brink of what I could take... and now, well, I couldn't be happier. I ended up in court with my ex-partner earlier this year over financial quibbles, and came out the victor! Not only was it good to have some money back, but the sheer sense of justice made the win even better for me. Remember guys, you'll meet a bunch of shit people in your life, and despite what they say, they will
get their just deserts eventually. Take my word for it.
With that chapter closing quite some time ago, I've been able to get back on my feet and find my sense of self again. As corny as it sounds, it's been amazing to spend time on my own again and rediscover the things that make me happy. The horrific home life I was leading isn't causing me problems at work anymore, and I'm able to concentrate and work better than ever. I can see my friends whenever I want, I can spend time with my family, I can paint, draw, write, stare at tumblr for hours and not be made to feel like shit for doing what I enjoy. I put myself back on the dating scene at the beginning of this year too and I've met some nice people. I'm definitely not rushing into a relationship, and to be honest, it's nice to keep things lighthearted for the moment.
To top it all off, I've really been making extra effort to take care of my physical and mental self. I started swimming last year to help combat my anxiety, and it's stuck with me ever since. I love it! I started watching what I ate a few months ago and already managed to banish nearly 20lbs. I've still got another 10-15lbs to go, but I'm so happy with the progress I've already made.
I know this sounds like a pat on the back to myself... but it kind of is. I wish I could show this journal to myself last year and prove that things do get better. : )