“But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble, soon they disappear; and we fly away.” – Psalm 90:10
It’s nice to “create memories” (Hello, Facebook!) and reflect your what-about’s for the year. It simply reminds you of the things – good and bad, that made you who you are now from January 1 up to the end of the year. I was browsing through Twitter the other day and some of the users I follow began retweeting posts from an account called RTyour2k15 which piqued my interest so I checked the account out myself. It’s enlightening because these posts reminded me of what made my year great, and I’m sure you’ll agree if you check them out!
I won’t deny the fact that 2015 was a great year for me, but at the same time I was met with obstacles that I had to tackle, and most of them on my own. It was physically and emotionally draining. This year was a spontaneous one; packed with surprises and unexpected blessings. Yes, Kelly Clarkson’s right – “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. Not saying that 2015 was a struggle altogether; but I’m glad I am ending the challenging year on a bright and happy note.
MY 2015 HIGHLIGHTS
CAREER – This year, my blog turned three and I was able to write a total of 50 articles; writings from my contributions to Buhay Kolehiyo, When In Manila and here. I got an internship at One Mega Group for Celebrity Mom Magazine and contributed two articles for the September 2015 issue. WhenInManila was also awarded I was the Best Lifestyle and Hobbies blog during the Bloggys 2015. I was able to delve in to the reality of “the world out there” even as an undergrad and I’m grateful for the short exposure. I also got the chance to compete again in figure skating after four years, yay yay!
SCHOOL – My dreams of studying abroad came true! My short residence in Europe was one of the most bizarre months of my life. I met and hung out with friends for keeps! I also learned a new language, French – I couldn’t say that I have fully mastered speaking it but I somewhat learned how to communicate and understand bits of it. The world is a big place and cultures all around are so diverse and the chance to dip in and experience the world differently made me ecstatic.
PERSONAL – I must say I got emotionally stronger since I realized I’ve never felt so scared of the world
(Some things are just easier said than done). I faced so many fears especially during my stay in Europe and definitely went out of my own way. I was safe and far from the terrorist attacks in France, some of my important and personal belongings got stolen, I struggled with home sickness .. I guess saying my European experience “crazy” would be an understatement. When I went back home, I got my license, saw my favorite band live, got an internship .. I guess this year made me feel you really can’t escape from responsibilities and growing up. I was puzzled by unanswered prayers; only to find out something came better along the way, I loved and took care of myself more, I helped out, I appreciated people more, I took risks ….. I went beyond what I never thought I could do.
Yesterday’s sermon at church taught us to NUMBER OUR DAYS. Life is short. Hasn’t it occurred to you, that if you die now, today, later, tomorrow, anytime – what would YOU do differently? Your brain must be buzzing thoughts from your bucket list, or suddenly deeds or responsibilities you didn’t pay attention to before suddenly came to mind.
This 2016, opt to live passionately – identify your priorities and pursue the most important things; love completely – let people truly experience love through you, forgive and make amends where needed; and lastly, learn humbly – be willing to change and improve.
I hope your 2015 was as fantastic as mine.
Happy New Year everyone! 🙂