It seemed likely that someday I'd end up with three brothers-in-law, and it's neat that the three of them are pretty cool. Still, as a marker of time this is a little strange - uncles looking a bit more like grandparents, grandparents looking a bit more tired, and cousins with children. It feels a little strange to still feel mostly the same, like something's a bit out of sync.
Some years ago I gave up on trying to be happy, and about 9 months ago I started to pick things up again and try to live. It hasn't been easy on most fronts; ending depression is an inner struggle and thus harder than most external ones, earning new momentum in life is tiring, and I've been progressively picking up burdens of life (both specific to my situation and general life things) that were mostly left on the floor when things were bad. In some ways I don't really know myself, but I can't let that stop me from pursuing the things I need to keep myself going - love, functional friendships, hobbies, etc. It's nice to be able to redefine myself, and in some ways it's great that I really could lift anchor and head to another city, country, or job if romance, grad school, or something else caught my eye - I know the meaning of who I am (mostly) but not the meaning of what I do. Still, that's a bit scary, and the whole reason I'm untethered is that there's not a good reason for me to be anyplace in particular right now; I hope that can change.
I think this is what will happen over the next year - hopefully I'll get some direction in terms of romance and life path. Hopefully this will also mean that my set of hobbies will settle down into habits. I am *certain* that I need to have more fun in life.