I will be looking at 2017 just like how I look at sunsets: with a certain fondness. This year was the year of many ups and downs, triumphs and defeats. But in the end, you realize that’s just how life is. You know what happiness is because of sadness. You distinguish what is good because of the bad.
2017 was the year I learned what true self-love is. Discovering little things about yourself you never knew about before, whether endearing or ugly. Exploring the very depths of your soul. Not always 100% feeling yourself. Embracing your flaws despite the endless frustrations your mind brings. Accepting the fact that you can’t be strong all the Goddamn time and being vulnerable is not the worst thing for you to be sometimes. And that comparing yourself to other people is definitely not the answer. Self-love is a process that is difficult, nonetheless, I try my best every single day to achieve and embody it.
2017 was the year I came to know the people that matter in my life. The family that unconditionally and relentlessly will always be there for me through trying times. The friends who love and accept me for who I truly am and support and encourage me every step of the way. A second family that proves you don’t need to be related by blood to get each other.
2017 was also the year when my ultimate eureka moment finally happened. A scary and nerve-wracking feat, yet exciting and rewarding step of a journey to the unknown.
With that, I’m ready to welcome 2018 with an open mind and heart. Another year of abs forming laughter, another year of awesome travels with even more awesome people, another year of pain and hurt I can learn from, another year to grow and become a better person.