It was 2003, winter, and cold. I wasn't doing very well financially. My car wasn't working and I had no money to repair it. I was walking to work in the snow. On longer jaunts, I'd borrow my roommate's car. I had no phone because I had no way to pay for one, so I'd purchase a phone card and use pay phones.
Family problems over the years, and then my father's roller coaster health issues had emotionally drained me. Two years before, in a hurry to escape some of the pressures I had moved to a town I had never really intended to end up in. I moved in such a hurry that I had not seriously considered the financial impact it would have, what job I would have, or even where I would live.
It was one of the longest winters of my life.
Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows, in an interview on VH1's Storytellers recounts the story behind their hit song, Long December.
At various periods in our lives we must all face a long winter, a long December.
Whatever your winter is, the only option must be to press on. Understand that your winter will one day give way to spring. Work hard to come up with sound solutions to overcome your winter. No matter how difficult things may become, you must press on.
If this past year was a winter you would like to forget, "... there's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last."