To many, you have been a bloody terrible year. With the loss of so many famous icons, Harambe being shot and Trump becoming President, it’s not hard to see why you, 2016 will be one to forget. However, let’s look at the positives, giant pandas and tigers are no longer endangered, Leo won his first Oscar and us Brits dominated the Olympics. There is ALWAYS good to out way the bad.
I always read the quote ‘what’s meant to be will be’ and this year this has proved to be true. Wherever I went in the world, whatever friends I made and the struggles I have faced have put me where I am today. No, I’m not where I want to be, but I’m getting there.
This year has been a year of acceptance. Of course we all want the ‘Love Actually’ moment where the man we love stands on our doorstep telling us how perfect we are, but unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. 2016 has made me realise that we have to live in the NOW. Nothing can be forced, whether it be your job, friendship or relationship, everything will slowly fall into place and suddenly everything will make sense. All the time we sit around, moping that life isn’t how we want it, we are forgetting to live. We only get one life so why not go out and do something about it.
2016 has been a year of self growth. Travelling to the other side of the world alone was an incredible start to the year and if meeting people from all walks of life doesn’t make you learn a lot about yourself then I don’t know what will. Doing a job that was completely outside of my comfort zone made me realise what I actually wanted from life, and without that experience, I wouldn’t be doing a job that I love now. This justifies the point that everything will eventually make sense. You just have to struggle a little to appreciate the good things in life.
This year I have learnt that being sociable can actually be… fun? I’ve met people who I know will be friends for life, they’ve got me through so much, not by saying much, but just by being there and for me that’s the biggest challenge a friendship will face. Who is there in your time of need and who will you go to the ends of the earth for? People have made a huge impact on my 2016, whether I actually spoke to them or not, for the majority of the year I have immersed myself in enjoying being around people and taking in all the quirks which would usually annoy me.
So overall, 2016 has been one of the best and one of the worst. Overcoming emotions I’ve never dealt with before, understanding that sometimes things just don’t work out how you want them to and working in a job that I hated made 2016 not the best. But watching the sunset over Sydney opera house, meeting a group of people who have made my year the best and my insane family make my world a happy place.
So thanks 2016, hears to the next 365 days.