2015 in Review

Thursday, December 31, 2015

I didn't exactly think that I would feel any different when I woke up this morning. New Year's Eve/New Year's has never been much of a holiday to me, a celebratory and reflecting time of sorts. I always just bypassed it, chilling with friends while we watch the ball drop on television and not really thinking much of the fact that we just transitioned into a new year of our lives. But for some unknown reason, this year decided to be unlike the others. 

I woke up reflecting, going back through all the experiences in my head, both the good and the bad, and especially the ones that changed my life. Compared to previous years, I definitely had many. In February, I started this blog. In May, I graduated high school and in August gave up the people and things that were toxic in my life, no longer caring for treating them better than I did myself. August was my turning point; I went off to the school I've been dreaming of attending for years and met so many amazing people as well as participated in many different organizations that I know will better me as a person over these next few years. I opened myself up to a new positive attitude and way of life that I had been trying to incorporate for so long into who I was, and it finally became real.

I read a post on Tumblr the other day that said, "2015 definitely had a part one and a part two." Up to this point, I had never read anything more accurate in reference to my year in my entire life. 2015 may not have started off as my year, but as soon as I graduated high school and took hold of my own life and happiness, it did easily become the best year. My part two trumped my part one so much that part one just feels nonexistent; I left everything I needed to behind and focused on myself. 2015 taught me the true value of putting myself and the people who actually treated me right first, and I believe that's the most important lesson a person could ever learn on their journey through life.

2016 already has a lot to offer me, and I'm ready to welcome it with open arms. I'm walking into this year a very changed person, the happiest and most optimistic I've ever been. I received countless blessings in 2015 in the forms of opportunities, lessons, and relationships and I just know this new year will be one of great prosperity. It was the best year yet, and I know there is better to come. Something to remember going into the year though: If 2016 doesn't start off as your year, that doesn't mean it won't be - it's okay to have a part two.

Believe in your future self, and you will go far.
See you all in 2016, all my love.

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