In 2015, I learned my greatest lessons of all. I learned that sometimes people are going to hurt you but just because you get hurt doesn't mean you won't heal. I learned what it is like to have faith, I put all of my hopes into one thing and after a few minor mishaps I ended up exactly where I wanted to be. I learned more about myself and not only what I want but what I deserve. I learned to never leave my happiness in someone else's hands. I learned that feeling lonely and being alone are two very different things. I learned that not one persons problems are bigger than another. I learned that if someone wants to be a part of your life, then they will make an effort to be in it. I learned that the only way to achieve a goal is to set one. I learned that a college decision letter does not determine who you are. I learned that even the strongest of people are going through hard stuff too. I learned that there is nothing wrong with having likes and dislikes. This year has taught me that it is okay to outgrow people because some friendships aren't meant to last forever. Lastly, the biggest lesson that I learned this year is that no matter what happens you will end up exactly where you are meant to be.
I am a firm believer in new beginnings and I know 2016 will be a year of new beginnings for me. In April, I will turn eighteen. In May, I will graduate high school. In June, I will leave for camp staff training and say goodbye to all my friends for the summer. In August, I will move to Mississippi and begin my freshman year of college.
I am typically not a "new year, new me" kind of person but this year I have a few resolutions in mind..
In 2016 I plan to:
-Continue to write
-Stay true to myself
-Meet lots of new people
-Appreciate my family a ton
-Not let the little stuff get to me
-Let my well being be a priority
-Stay in touch with good friends
-Be more responsible with my money
-Cut myself some slack every once in awhile
-Tell the people I love how much they mean to me
New Year's doesn't have to just be a new calendar year, or an excuse to drink champagne. Make this New Year something important to you, and if you want to make a change TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY to do so. Congratulate yourself on another year passed, and if you aren't in the best place then make a commitment to try to get yourself there. New Year's doesn't need to be all about who you kiss at midnight and the Instagram picture you upload (although that part is very important.) This year is the start of something different and new because the best is yet to come.
The year is yours. What will you do with it?