But the Big Man above has other plans. I've always considered myself blessed being surrounded by family and friends, but I only get to realize the extent of this in times when I reach the dead end. It doesn't happen very often, but it does. And life has a funny way of hurting you in the right places, of putting out all the positive sense you've mustered through the years. But somehow, I ended up in the company of good people. People with undeniable wisdom and (family) values indicative of their calibre. I felt weak and vulnerable, but I didn't mind. I was humbled. It actually felt good.
To all the people who pointed me to the right directions, who went out of their comfort zones and told me what I needed (and not wanted) to hear straight to my face, THANK YOU. You know who you are.