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Thoughts of 2013 and hope for 2014.

Updated on February 24, 2014

Good bye 2013!

As I reflect back on this year I would have to say it was a bad year for a number of reasons.

For myself the list is as follows:

  1. No job since June 2012
  2. Unemployment ran out mid October 2013
  3. Numerous interviews with disappointing results
  4. Extreme stress leading to constant illness
  5. Feelings of hopelessness
  6. Anger at current situation
  7. Money problems
  8. Family problems
  9. Stuck in house when weather is cold and nasty
  10. Boredom

I am sure many of you are feeling the same thing.

It is hard not working. Sure the first six months seem okay.

Your getting unemployment

and for me it meant working

for 20 years and now home

so I can concentrate on things I

couldn't do when I worked.

You know the drill.

Clean out the closets.

Get rid of unnecessary paperwork.

Give the house a good cleaning.

Devout more time to a hobby.

Mine being writing.

Spend quality time with family,

grandchildren, husband etc.

But as you know

those six months fly by and

soon its winter.

That's when the winter blues get to you.

Too cold to go outside.

Then the unemployment runs out.

Now there is no money.

I've never stopped looking for work.

I just can't find any.

Soon stress from life comes a factor.

Stress does lead to physical

and mental sickness.

I know.

Since March of 2013 I had

four emergency room visits.

One three day hospitalization.

Thank God for charitable care.

After all that I was diagnosed with

Severe Anxiety Disorder.

Guess life does that to you.

My husband is my life,

my love,

my rock.

But I feel terrible after 20 years

not contributing to the income.

I feel terrible putting all the burden

on him.

Then there is stress from other

family members.

When you cannot handle your own stress,

how can you handle others?

Now the news tells us that 3.3 million

people at the end of this year have

lost their unemployment.

Some of which were only on it six months.

I live in New Jersey and today the news

said 79,000 people are without benefits.

We most certainly will fall back into

a recession.

With recession causes depression,

stress and the unknown of where to

get money to buy food,

pay rent/mortgage,

utilities bills and others.

This year has been the worst for many.

I am sure you will agree.

I am looking forward to saying

Goodbye to 2013.

Could the old myth of the number 13

hold so true?

Where are the jobs?

Stress can make you feel sick

When everything goes wrong you feel sad

Welcome 2014!

So now we enter the New Year 2014.

With it brings uncertainty.

Will unemployment be extended?

Congress is still on vacation.

The republicans want to know

where the money to extend

will come from.

What will happen to the millions

of people like me who still

have no jobs?

Will we get evicted, foreclosed on?

Of course more will get sick

physically and mentally.

I mean who wouldn't?

Our country helps so many

other countries.

How about helping your own?

My husband is a good man.

My family has their own troubles,

and yet I can't help anyone.

I want to work and not sit at home.

The job market is tough and now it

will get tougher because there are

more people out of work.

I've heard the longer you are out of

work the harder it gets.

Well I've been out of work for

18 months. So I would have to

say this statement is true.

I hope 2014 brings hope,

joy, happiness and health

to all of us.

However the uncertainty of what's to come

can be scary.

I just hope it was that number 13.

That 14 will be a better year

for all of us.

I guess we will have to wait

and see.

Welcome 2014


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    • lisavanvorst profile image

      Lisa VanVorst 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Flourish and moonlake. I hope 2014 brings happiness to all of us. Thank you for stopping by to read.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Wishing you much happiness, health and luck in 2014.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I hope 2014 will be better for you.

    • lisavanvorst profile image

      Lisa VanVorst 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope this year brings happiness to all.

    • AUPADHYAY profile image


      A very sensational and emotional hub extracting the central idea of the burning topic, now a days. We have not provided with enough satisfaction towards our fate but the almighty is capable to do anything. It just reflects in our lives when we do with all of ours full devotion for achieving the goal. But ultimately it rests in the hands of GOD. Wishing the almighty to enable jobs for each and every needy persons of the world. Thanks for sharing your hub which pinned my emotions.

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      Lisa VanVorst 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for responding and Happy New Year!

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      Panagiotis Tsarouchakis 3 years ago from Greece

      Awesome! Best wishes to all of us!

    • lisavanvorst profile image

      Lisa VanVorst 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Looking for work as I check my hubs. Thanks for your words of support.

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      kikalina 3 years ago from Europe

      Hope 2014 will be a better year for you and that you will get a job you love. In the meantime, work on hubpages, Time and effort will make it worth it.