I read this post on Facebook the other day and hey, I get it. The 2016 election was a shit show, people around the world couldn't seem to stop killing each other, race issues continue to cause problems and more violence, and we lost a lot of talent/celebrities (if you care about that last part). So yes, I can see why some people will gladly celebrate the passing of 2016.
I, on the other hand, just need to take a minute to celebrate my positives in 2016. Considering the hell that was 2014 & 2015 I had a very good year.
I remember starting the year in my home of homes, California. And yet, I was so unsure of many things. I distinctly remember a feeling of dissatisfaction, melancholy, and distance. I was still very grateful to be back in a place I feel so fond of, but I knew I had to make some changes when I got back.
And so I left a relationship and got myself a home of my very own! (Technically it's Gatsby's and I just live there). I have been moving and bouncing around since 2011, never quite feeling settled or secure. This place truly feels like my safe home. Boy did I luck out with this apartment, so much character, right in midtown, in a neighborhood that literally makes me smile every time I drive through. I know I won't stay here forever, but it's perfect right now.
This year I kept going with school. There were many successes and many failures (literally) but here is what I can say about that: I will not quit. If I need to slow down, or leave all aspects of social life and relaxation I will do that. I will graduate before I turn 80, and that's a promise.
I continue to be inspired and challenged at work. I am grateful to feel so strongly about what I work toward everyday and to be able to build the Liberty Technology and Kitchen Sink brand. But on top of the good old-fashioned work satisfaction, I get to work with a bunch of people who are like family to me, more so this year than any other. We genuinely care about each other, and even though we get frustrated we are there. I've lost count of how many times I've laughed until I cried and my sides hurt. I am so lucky.
Which brings me to my next point. This year I learned that I love being alone but the circle of people that are in my life are invaluable to me. It has been a joy having my own place, and important to me to have this time to just be with myself and to be truly self-sufficient. I know now, that no matter what happens I can deal with it and I can be happy. I gotta say, that wasn't an easy place to get to and I'm damn proud.
This year I have had the opportunity to meet new people and get closer to others. I have traveled with friends, shared so many laughs and experiences. I know that 2017 will only bring more of this. Again, I am so lucky.
I've been keeping a one sentence journal since 2014, I wrote this on December 26, 2014. It's fascinating to look back on these things and to see how far I have come. I no longer feel this way. While I still don't know exactly what happens next, I have ties to people I love, I have a path that I've set for myself, and I feel more confident than ever that next year, will be a very good year.
And last but not at all least, it was another year with my happy, healthy, baby monster. Thanks for the laughs Gatsby!