Woah, look at that. Somehow another year has flown by! Well, I guess I wouldn’t say it (being the year) flew, but rather crawled, sat, napped, jumped, ran, jogged, and crawled again.
The idea for this post was born in my mind today, as I drove a snowmobile through the mountains in Utah (true story). I may have been the slowest snowmobile driver of the group, but I still had a really fun time; the most I’ve had in a while.
Of course, as most do, before we usher 2015 in, I feel we should say goodbye to 2014. But not a ‘I-never-want-to-think-about-this-year-again’ kind of goodbye, but one where we are able to reflect on the ups and downs of the year, and then get ready for something new.
14 Lessons I Learned in 2014:
1. Asking for help is not only a good idea, but necessary if there’s a problem.
2. It’s important to show appreciation of family and friends during both good times and bad.
3. Hospitals aren’t just for the physically ill.
4. One’s external appearance isn’t always a clear indicator of illness (physical or mental).
5. I want to live in DC (or another city) after I graduate college so that I can utilize public transportation and avoid driving (I’m not a fan…).
6. Dogs or cats (or a Komodo dragon if that’s your sort of thing) can be as wonderful company as humans, if not more at times.
7. Writing– novels, short stories, poetry, journaling– is where I feel most natural.
8. Embracing yourself is key to a happy existence, in addition to thinking about others.
9. I hate stereotypes of any kind (gender, race, illness, sexuality, religion– and the list goes on…)
10. Being independent feels good.
11. Learning Portuguese isn’t hard when you have a strong background knowledge in Spanish and French.
12. Being open about your feelings rather than denying them will solve you a lot of trouble later down the road.
13. My friends rock.
14. My family is amazing.
15 Things I Can Look Forward To in 2015:
1. Getting back to college to begin my Sophomore year after being off for a semester.
2. Integrating running back into my life in a more social way.
3. (Hopefully) passing my finite mathematics class and putting math behind me forever!!
4. More exploring of DC in college.
5. Planning a future study abroad term.
6. A family vacation in Hawaii this summer!
7. Spending more time with friends and family.
8. Busy days.
9. Lazy days.
10. Creative days.
11. Meeting new people at school.
12. Staying healthy, or at least making my best efforts to do so.
13. Asking for help if I need it.
14. Turning 21 in September (woah… I can’t really be that old, can I?)
15. More writing; more time to immerse myself in words.
So now, I encourage anyone reading this to make their own lists. You can do as I did, and think about what you’ve learned and what you have to look forward to, or some other variation. Now, I know I could’ve sat here and listed all of the negative or positive events of 2014, but I decided it would be summed up more nicely in lessons. This way I can avoid dwelling on the downs, and use those events to push myself forward during 2015. I cannot believe how much I’ve changed this past year, for worse at first, but then ultimately for the better. A year ago I was in the midst of mental turmoil, and had never felt so alone. Today, I’m happy and have realized I have the support of so many people, including my immediate family and friends. WOO, here’s to a new year! 2015!!!!!!!! (T-minus 3 days, but still).