Got my W-2 for the year

First time that income has gone down instead of up.

Even if it wasn’t a lot, my income has always gone up since I’ve been working.

I was expecting this and shouldn’t be bothered by it.

In this economy and in this city, I’m glad that I have a job that pays the bills, I can buy food, and I can sleep with a roof over my head.

But there is still a part of me that feels like I’ve failed somehow…