Dear2015, Before I say goodbye, I want to say thank you. Thank you for the lessons you taught me and thank you for the beautiful memories that I will forever hold on to. There is no greater teacher than life itself. One of the greatest lessons I learned from you is that feelings aren't facts. And, when I make decisions from now on, I can't base them solely off of how I feel. It's more so, realizing: future > feelings. See, feelings come and go. They change quickly, but the decisions you make because of your feelings can change your life...sometimes it's for the better and sometimes it's not. I also learned that when l feel something "in my gut" it's God nudging me to make a move. And when He tells me to move--I better or it makes for an uncomfortable situation. Sometimes going against what others think you should do is difficult but I've learned that when you truly believe in something you've got to stand for it...period! I also learned that sometimes you have to let go of things, people, and sometimes you have to release both at the same time. I learned that I sometimes it's good to laugh---and sometimes for no reason.
One of the biggest lessons I learned is that, life is not about achieving perfection--it's about doing things the best I can in every moment and if I make a mistake in doing that, I must learn from it. And when I know better, I need to do better. And the lesson I have only just begun to learn??? "Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be." (Thanks to Shonda Rhimes, and her OUTSTANDING book "Year of Yes") Now, to some, this might have been a no brainer, but I am still working on it, and acknowledging this truth has been one of the biggest AHA moments for me.
At the close of each year, I enjoy reflecting on moments of growth, laughter, and even the moments that test my faith. I have had some wonderful moments and memories this year. I have laughed a lot, prayed a lot, and I've met some wonderful people. I don't know what 2016 has in store for me, but I do know, that when I greet the new year, I'll be greeting it as a stronger, wiser person than I was 365 days ago. And that's exactly how it should be! So long, 2015, and though we will never cross paths again...I will carry your memory and the lessons you've taught me for the rest of my life, because they have in fact, made a contribution to who I am and all I that I will become. Yours truly, A Work In Progress