By far 2016 has been the most challenging and rewarding year of my life.
The year in review:
- January – Started Blogging
- February – Decided to look for another job opportunity – Left my job
- March – Started a new job
- April – Went through step 1 of leaving a relationship
- May – Cut the umbilical cord from my parents and gained independence
- June – Permanent employment
- July – Started settling into work
- August – Went on a few dates (Because my sister insisted I put myself “Out there”)
- September – Birthday Shenanigans
- October – Lost my phone on a night out & learnt the importance of drinking water when partying
- November – Finally let go of a 2 year relationship
- December – Found contentment in authenticity
I’ve always heard people speak about having no regrets and never understanding this phrase, but looking back there is nothing I would have done differently… except maybe eat more chocolate and pizza.
Seriously though, I’ve always said If I could relive a year it would be 2014, although I was heartbroken through-out the year, it taught me the importance of self worth, strength and courage. Given the opportunity now, I would relive 2016 because it has taught me so much about the human character, authenticity, loyalty, responsibility, standing up for what you believe in and just how exhausting it is trying to please everyone.
Being a victim of my own condemnation for 20 something years, I’ve come to the realisation that I don’t have another 20 something years to school people about my character and flaws and getting them to accept me for who I am. I always find myself explaining to others “I have a low tolerance of people, I get exhausted once I spend too much time with them” “I am actually quite shy” “I am intrigued by these “Bad People” because I know there’s a story behind that”. Majority of the time when people ask you to be yourself, they normally mean be the version of yourself which is acceptable to them. 2016 has taught me to be unapologetic about my truth, if it makes people uncomfortable they can remove themselves from the situation.
I’ve been labelled as “Gullible” more times than I can recall, however, I’ve come to the realisation that the one giving the warning is equally, if not more dangerous, than the one the warning is about. Humanity is flawed but we are the greatest judges of each other.
I am a believer in people and I refuse to let the human species take that away from me. Working, earning a great salary and getting “stuff” is a temporary high, connecting with people and their soul, vibrating on the same frequency with others, spiritual and academic stimulation, those are invaluable experiences. I am honoured to have connected with so many people on a deeper level.
Here’s to what’s been an incredible, self-acceptance, interesting and by far a phenomenal year in terms of growth. I cannot wait for an even better 2017!!!!