As 2008 comes to an end I can't help but be grateful for the events that have happened and made me a stronger person. Through pain and sorrow I have found light this year. The death of my Uncle from cancer put a thick layer of smog and mist on my life but through it all I think I have found someone in myself that I never knew existed. It seems that this year in particular there has been a lot for me to complain about, but then there has been WAY more events that make me smile. Moving out on my own and trying to survive was an eye-opener but I'm very glad to be able to say that I made it and that I am finally stable and settled. Thinking back on the year I can't help but feel like I'm the luckiest 'kid' on the face of the earth. 2008 brought many potholes and traps but everything else balanced the bad and made most things positive. I dedicate this year to my Uncle and I will always think of this year as a year to remember.I hope everyone else had a year of good and will live life to its fullest potential in 2009.