The memory of that desolate time makes me that much more thankful for the life that I have today. The most simple and yet stunning revelation I've had over the last year is that even though I am single, I am the farthest thing from alone. I have a wonderful family that has loved me unconditionally whether I'm being brilliant or terribly irrational. And I have been truly blessed to have a life full of the greatest friends one can hope for. When you spend a year being "single" and yet always have someone amazing to share a cold beer, indulgent meal, extraordinary experience, revelatory conversation, free-for-all night of dancing, hours-long run, eye-opening road trip, or chill day of surfing with ... it truly restores your self-worth. It makes you feel that you are a person worth knowing, worth spending time with, and worth loving.
So to all of you who have been with me through this amazing year, whether physically or simply giving your support from miles away, thank you. You have helped me to pick up the pieces and rebuild myself into a stronger, happier and hopefully better person than I have ever been.
Thank you all for making life a privilege to live.