365 days ago, I wasn’t quite sure where my life was headed. I was lying down on the sunbed at home as those around me shouted “3… 2… 1…” As they screamed the words, of hope and positivity, I simply whispered “Happy New Year” to myself. And a happy new year it was indeed.
2013 let me experience a number of things. It was a year of firsts, of challenges, of sorrow, of feeling meh, and, ultimately, of happiness. It was a year filled with trials and errors until some things went right. It was a year of tears and laughter; it was a year of testing who I am, what I know, and what else I could learn.
This year, I saw some of my favorite bands live (Stars, Bloc Party, and The xx). I saw Jason Mraz sing “Living in the Moment”, a song that truly helped me move forward and past the troubles I’ve had. I lived on my own for the first time for a couple of months. I had three different jobs. I met a lot of different and wonderful people. I traveled. I went out more. I breathed more. I sang more. I danced more. I loved more. I found out what “good vibes” truly meant. And best of all, I lived more.
What I love about the year is that it was a year full of lessons. While some were in-your-face lessons, there were other subtle ones that I truly appreciate. This year, I learned that being lonely is okay. I learned how not to stand anyone up. I realized that life is just really all about how you spend your day and making the most out of it. It’s also not about how others make you happy, but about how you’re supposed to make your self happy.
I can’t wait for 2014 because I know what I want and I feel I have an idea how to get it. I can’t wait for 2014 because my goals are getting clearer by the minute. I can’t wait for 2014 because I know I’d be living more than just breathing. And so tonight as I lay down on the sunbed with all the fireworks above me, I shall shout “Happy New Year” as it had been a happy year that prepared me for the new year.