34/40 - How Quickly Things Change
It was the best of times and then it was the worst of times, literally all within 18 months. When I think back on that period of time, it all feels like one month with a bunch of memorable days, instead of it being a period celebration followed by some "Huh - WTF?" that then was followed up by three devastation blows in a row.
When I look back on it, they were the most important sequence of things that ever happened to free me to become who I am today, but in the moment and at the time, I think it is safe to say my end state was closer to nihilism than enlightenment.