Ok, Maybe not literally.
This year has been one of the most dynamic years of my life. It was a parallel experience of humbling moments and riveting encounters. I learned A LOT. I built friendships that are invaluable. I learned negativity in anything is toxic. Ultimately, I learned how to thoroughly enjoy life.
On day one of 2014, I began a journey for true happiness. I laid blame to people, objects, work, school, etc. for not having this fulfillment. I even turned down a future placement at NASA to really complete this “journey”. Then the summer came around and I braved new friendships, bought a new car, worked stress-free, forgot about school, and indulged in living. I began to grow; however, I didn’t really see the exponential personal growth until I identified myself to be the limiter. On day one of 2014, my self-image didn’t match that of what I was projecting. (By the way, if you want to know the most exhausting thing, then try doing that) I was the definition of a pessimist on the inside. I was completely insecure. My stuttering was resurfacing (For those of you who don’t know, I stuttered terribly as a child and have to some minor degree all of my life. Unless you spend a significant amount of time with me, then you probably haven’t noticed it. I simply formulate speech in a neurologically different way than the normal person.) I had never accepted myself for the person I was because of my negative perspective on life. One day, when I ultimately decided that I was going to be optimistic, everything started to change. I began flourishing. I enjoyed work, I exceled in school, and I literally began loving life. Not only did I accept myself for the person I was, I loved the person I was becoming.
Now, as I sit here on day two of 2015, I can look back and really tip the hat to 2014. You put up a fight, but then again, Terry Goodkind would say, “If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way.” That being said, I sincerely want to thank everyone I know for being a part of such an imperative year. Whether it was for a fraction of a second or for every one of the 365 days, I thank you. I only wish that I have made half the footprint on your life as you all have made on mine.
To end this rather lengthy tangent on life, I challenge every one of you to reminisce on 2014. Toast to the successes and grow from the failures. 2015 will be your year.