“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.”
I honestly believe this sums up my year pretty perfectly. It seems like I blinked and January 1, 2015 flashed to January 1, 2016….But a year’s gone by and I have learned so many lessons and life has – I have – changed so much in this time. I’ve met some of the very best – without doubt – not exaggerating – most completely wonderful humans. I’ve met some of the greatest friends – the kind of people you just become friends with instantly – and who make you find yourself praying they’ll be a part of your life for a long (hopefully forever) time. The kind of friends that make you forget what life was like before them and wonder what you did without them for so long. The kind of friends you didn’t even know you needed and who need you just as much in return. They inspire me to be the best version of myself that I can be (as cheesy as that sounds) and I feel like I am more myself than ever because of them. They love me for who I am and I am learning to love myself just the same.
However, I have also realized that I have had some friends like this for a while now and I’ve learned how important it is to sincerely appreciate them and remind them how important they are. Honestly, I’ve learned to be a friend – to those I’ve just met, to those I’ve known forever, and to strangers. (Because we all need each other). I’ve also had to learn to let go – of relationships, of plans and dreams and feelings. I’ve learned that it’s okay and completely necessary to let go; although, sometimes it hurts for a minute. (You must let things be). When I stopped trying to make things happen on my own – when I let go – that’s when things fell into place. My timing is foolish. God’s timing is far beyond perfect.
I’ve learned to appreciate the relationships I took for granted and those that took me for granted, along with all the “no’s” and closed doors and whispers when there are no yells or flashing arrows telling me to do this or that. I’ve learned to go…to take every opportunity placed before me, to travel everywhere I possibly can, to step out of my comfort zone. I’m learning that I’m still learning – who I am, who I was created to be, and what I am called to do – to be bold and confident and unafraid of the unknown or unexpected – to love with everything in me and more.
Last year was absolute divine, beautiful, lived through chaos. I couldn’t be happier, or more hopeful for all that 2016 brings. I don’t know what’s gonna happen, but I know it’s gonna be good. This is what matters. And I hope you find exactly what matters to you. Here’s to the New Year.