Photo credit: Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily
It’s a dream come true to be covering the team I grew up watching the most. It’s a greater feeling to cover them when they are among one of the elite teams in the NHL.
Here I am five years removed from graduating college and ten years removed from getting my high school diploma. The Boston Bruins are fresh off their second Stanley Cup Final appearance in three years and have clinched home ice throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I’ll admit, this string of success is something I could never see coming, let alone covering. Part of that thought is because I couldn’t predict the B’s success, but the other part is due to my history with mental illness.
As I’ve documented before, I have suffered from depression and anxiety since my sophomore year in high school. Two years later, my mental illness got so severe, I was hospitalized for it. That time period was easily the darkest moment of my life, but thankfully it also saved my life as I got the proper medication and treatment to move on and eventually graduate high school and begin my journalism studies at Suffolk University to pursue my dreams.
Certainly things have come a long way as I’m about to cover another Stanley Cup Playoff. That isn’t to say things have been perfect.
Its been awhile since I’ve updated this blog, but I figured with 2013 rounding to a close and 2014 just around the corner I figured that this is the perfect time to get back into the swing of things.
Strange to think how far things have come over a span of 12 months. At the end of last year - one of the toughest ones in my life - I was thinking this dark cloud hovering over me had no end in sight. It was a year where I lost several loved ones (including my grandfather) got laid off from my day job, was going nowhere in my search for a full-time gig and of course the ongoing saga with the NHL Lockout, which, at the time had no end in sight.
Twelve months later, I’m still searching for full-time work. On the other hand, things are finally looking up both personally and professionally.