2016 has been one of those years that I wouldn’t trade for the world. It’s been full of learning experiences and growth and being on my way to the person I want to be. I know what I want, I know I’m going to get it, and I’m going to work hard for it. This has been a year of self-realization, acceptance, and figuring out what’s important to me, right now.
I travelled Europe, I moved to the mountains, and I moved across the world. I’ve gotten tattoos, gone skydiving, swam with wild dolphins; and had so many fits of laughter that made my stomach hurt. As much as the “more exciting” things are what I’m going to remember forever, I’ve realized the small moments matter just as much. There has been countless times this year where I just sit in a room of people I love and smile while they talk and laugh. I’ve learned what being content truly is.
I keep thinking of the ways this year could’ve gone differently, and how different of a person I’d be right now if it had. My plan was to get back from Europe, work for the summer, and head to university in September. Needless to say it’s December and I’m on the opposite side of the world from home so clearly things changed. This past year I’ve learned more than ever that you meet people for a reason. With travelling so much, sometimes so quickly; it makes me think “why them? why did I meet them even though I was only in town for a few days?”. 2016 enforced my belief in everything happening for a reason and that the people you meet could be meant to be in your life for a long time, or just a few weeks/months. Either one is okay if they let you enjoy something more than you would without them.
When New Zealand wasn’t feeling entirely like home, I wound up in Taupo. It’s not the most exciting place but I’ve met the most incredible people. It feels more and more like home everyday and there hasn’t been a better way to enter 2017 than surrounded by people that make my days so much better.
As much as I’m filled with curiosity about the ways this year could’ve gone, I don’t have a single regret through out the whole thing. Even if things don’t work out, it’s an experience and a lesson. Things have changed so much in just the past few months and all for the better. I’m 100% ready to be 100% myself and what better way to do that than 12,000 km from anyone that might judge me. I’ve never looked forward to a year as much as I am 2017.
My only “resolutions” for 2017 are; dance more, love more, sing louder, live fuller, and appreciate every moment. The horrors of 2016 and unfortunate passing of too many loved people have me reflecting more and more on making sure I do everything exactly how I want, and I won’t be giving one single apology for living my life.
I just want to wish everyone a wonderful year. Smile. A lot.