I have been blessed with a wonderful life.
I’ve experienced things I never imagined, explored places I didn’t know existed, and loved in ways I didn’t know were possible.
As this year comes to an end, and we begin drawing up plans for the coming year I am spending time reflecting. I love reflection. Looking back on things, experiences, places, and feelings that I once encountered. This year I’ve been to new places, met new people, and loved in new ways.
There are sayings such as “You can’t move forward if you’re looking back” (or something to that effect), while this rings true at times, looking back can help us move forward in different ways. When I find myself fearing the future, I reminisce about things in the past. I remind myself how far I’ve come; what I’ve overcome, what I’ve faced and what has set me back. I use these as reminders of what I can do and how strong and determined I am.
This year I spent more time at the dentist than I would have liked, but I got past my fear of dental work-I still don’t like it but the fear no longer overtakes me.
I traveled outside my comfort zone many times, and realized it isn’t such a bad thing.
I learned to love in new ways.
I learned how to put someone else before myself, and do it sincerely and completely.
I’ve grown. I’ve become a better version of myself.