2016 will be a year that I remember forever. I say this because it’s a year that has tested much of my mental dexterity and willpower. In a way, it made me realize how vulnerable I am to changes despite putting up a façade of stronghold for the outside world to see and judge. Bill Gates allegedly said, “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking that they can’t lose.” Looking back, I can see how much stronger of a person I’ve become from the experiences that I’ve been through in just mere 365 days. Believe it or not, failure has thought me more in a year than success has throughout my life. It’s the last day of 2016 and I already feel like a changed person, now able to endure hardship and disappointments with maturity and self-respect. At the same time, I know that my successes are anything but a drop in the ocean compared to what others have accomplished. Resilience, self-worth and humility. Thank you 2016 for being a great teacher!
Honestly, I can’t wait for 2017 to begin. Part of me wants to leave 2016 and never look back. To leave the mental baggage and the unbearable memories behind forever. I can’t wallow in sadness and despair any longer. But that’s not what a wise person would do. Memories of 2016 will pave the path for a new beginning. It doesn’t matter where I would’ve ended up if things had gone according to plan. What really matters is that I use the lessons from this year to remind me that life can throw a curveball at any moment, from any angle. So, it’s best to be prepared and to rid yourself of any false sense of security you may believe in. What really matters in life at the end of the day is your family, reliable friends and love for yourself. Because these amazing people stand as a reminder of what you believe in and what your values truly are. Where you are and your surrounding will not dictate or change your worth if you fall back on your reliable support system. With that, you’ll be able to handle any unpredictability and challenge that life throws your way. Adios 2016, Hola 2017! No regrets, only lessons learnt.