2016; oh how you have sucked – sucked more than when you stand on a plug in your bare feet. God, it was more painful than having TGI Friday’s ‘happy, happy birthday song’ on repeat in my head (still happening).
Sure, many a things have ‘gone wrong’ with 2016 for the world but, on a personal level you were just.the.best. You were like the icing on the cake, that feeling of euphoria you get between tipsy and drunk, the feeling after eating some reaaaally good cake.
2016 taught me many things – from how to laugh like no one has laughed before to what it’s like to find the perfect binge show on Netflix; from facing new challenges to becoming addicted to Treeslets (again).
So, this is what I’ve learnt….
#1 I have the strength to face new challenges.
This year I made the decision to go for a new job – in some respects a dream job. I applied, went for the interview and decided what I was going to do all on my own. This might not seem like a big deal, but it’s probably the first decision I’ve made for myself in nearly ten years.
#2 There are people in my life that actually care for me.
If you asked me a year ago if I had people in my life that I thought truly cared for me, I’d probably say no (no hurt meant to anyone reading this – though if you’re reading this, you’ll probably understand why I’m saying it) – not to play all ‘woe is me’ but because I genuinely thought that was the truth. However, the other day, I sat down and was like ‘woah, I have like a good handful of people in my life that I care for, and actually care for me in return’. It was kind of a pivotal moment for me – I think it’s the first time in my life that it’s happened.
#3 It’s okay not to be okay.
I will say it time and time again – we put far too much pressure on ourselves to look okay all the time. Why? It doesn’t make you weak. It shows that you are strong enough to admit that you need some help. People won’t judge you and, if they do, they’re probably not people you want in your life.
#4 Having a ‘zero sh*ts attitude’ is the best thing to ever happen to me.
Basically, I’ve learnt that I’m gonna do what I wanna do and say want I wanna say. Don’t like it? I literally don’t care as long as I’m happy.
#5 How to actually enjoy and appreciate life.
There was a point where I never thought this would happen – that I would always loath the life I had and not want to be here. But, this year has seen the transition from said feeling to a feeling that is still quite alien to me. The feeling of actually being content with the life I have, the people in it and what I’m doing. Sure, it’s still not perfect and I still have my down days, but I am definitely on the right track and happy taking each day as it comes.
What have you learnt this year?