Recapitulation of 2016.

We count down the amount of days until the next event in our lives, without realizing how fast time is flying around us.

In 2016, I counted down the days until I would be in Europe. I counted down the days until my road test. I counted down the days until my 20th birthday. It was a year of endless countdowns. So many that I didn’t realize that it was December and 2017 was approaching, rapidly. And now, here we are, January TWO-THOUSAND SEVENTEEN!

Although it flew by, 2016 was a great year for me y’all.

I celebrated a year of my journey w/ God, I finally started on my major courses,  I studied abroad in Italy, I got my license and first car, I developed and maintained some of the best relationships I’ve ever had, I learned to embrace my independence, and overall, I learned to embrace myself whole-heartedly.

All of this was a big deal for me. I don’t say any of this to gloat, but I’m telling you all this because it means that things do get better. Years before, I would not have been able to do any of that. Because of  who I was, I went into 2016 very unsure of what the year was going to bring. I was unsure of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I achieved a bunch of good, but obviously because of who I am, there had to be a few bumps in the road. To be completely honest with y’all, you’ll learn that my life is a constant rollercoaster. So with the good always comes some bad and ugly: I had a few mental breakdowns, encountered more than a few ****boys, hit my car the day I got my license, cried (a lot), lost some friends, and almost lost myself again in the process of all of that.

But as I look over all that happened throughout the year, I realize that I have grown in so many ways and have learned so many things.

I learned that change is inevitable. You have to roll with all of the punches that life throws at you, and keep it pushing. I learned that it is really okay to cry about any and everything that you feel you need to. I learned that even when there are great days, the bad days can outweigh all the positive things that you’ve encountered. I learned that at the end of every day, I have me and that’s what’s going to carry me throughout life.

In the end, 2016, you were amazing! I appreciate all that you taught me and allowed me to achieve and accomplish.

2017, I am so ready for you!!! 👩🏾‍🎓

-Princess J.

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