Sorry friends (the real life ones) for having been so absent lately. The last few days have been tough. Bad news, worries and physical tiredness have all played their part. I'm feeling down right now, but I will rise again soon - just need to get some time to lick my wounds for a while.
And as always, when things don't go quite the way you had imagined, there are lessons to be learnt.
First of all, never take anything for granted until it has happened. Do not start planning your life around maybes.
Second, nothing you do is in vain. This is an important one. Even though you feel defeated, you have learnt things along the way.
Third, keep on walking. As Lao Tzu said: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.