This past year has been tough for me personally, to say the least, but through this struggle, I’ve learned so much. I went through a bad breakup, lost some friends, I graduated high school, and moved 500 miles away from all my friends and family. Some of things have taken a little bit longer to fully grasp than others, but they are just life lessons that help me continue to grow and learn.
I learned how to mend my own heart, how to pick myself back up, how to cope without people you thought would be in your life for a long time. This year has taught me that nobody is going to put you back on your own two feet other than yourself. And things don’t always turn out the way you planned, or the way you think they should.
I’ve changed, I’ve grown. Maybe things do happen for a reason, maybe they don’t. But no matter what, they still happen. That’s what we need to remember. I learned to stop over analyzing things and to just let them happen. If something bad happens, then it happens. There’s nothing I can do to change that. I’ve learned to go with my gut, and that it’s perfectly okay to make mistakes because the ones that matter, won’t care. I’ve learned that love really is as great as they say it is, but it also hurts when it’s gone.
This year is nothing that I could have ever predicted, but it’s been incredible every step of the way, from love to loss and achievement to failure. It all happened, and I learned from every single opportunity. I like to live my life with no regrets and continue to keep a simple, yet powerful, quote in mind: “Never regret the things you did because at one point, it was exactly what you wanted.”
Who I am today is not because of the mistakes I’ve made in the past. Who I am today is a combination of every choice, every step, every smile, every hug, and every word since I entered this crazy world 18 years ago. No one single moment defines who you are as a person, yet, these small things that happen make up our entire lives.
I’m so proud of the person I’ve become over the past year. If there’s one thing I want to remember about being 18, it’s that it was the year that I chose change. I didn’t want to continue being unhappy. I didn’t like the path I was on so I took a turn and never looked back.
This year my number one lesson learned is to think bigger. Think beyond your past and today, tomorrow can be so much bigger and greater. It’s a simple thought but its made all the difference. If there’s one thing I hope to pass onto you it’s this: change your mind, change your life.