"These are the times that try men's souls."- Thomas Paine
It's the middle of January, which means it's the usual time to make the yearly update to my Net Worth page, which I have done. While the gains were not as stellar as the last two years, it was still a good year financially.
There may also be a few people wondering what became of my startup plans. I suppose people imagine the likely outcomes to be: (a) venture capitalists are knocking on my door and I'm inundated with work; (b) the whole project bombed and I'm licking my wounds; or (c) I wasn't prepared for the workload and backed out of the whole thing to protect my family.
But in fact, nothing at all has happened with the startup venture or many other areas of my life. Unfortunately, almost immediately after my earlier posts, two very significant items negatively affected my life. Both of these issues have required Herculean efforts, and yet the final outcomes are largely out of my control.
After 8 years of blogging, I think my readers have realized I am a private person when writing this blog and do not give a lot of details. But to clear up a little of the confusion, I will tell you that these issues have nothing to do with my finances, my job, or my marriage. So I'm sure you can read between the lines as to what significant life events must be left.
I am now in one of those stages of life where a lot of energy and anxiety is expended, but in the end, it feels like it is mostly waiting. Waiting for change. Waiting for normal.