Last year, on December 31st, I wrote a post about growth. I talked about the good and the bad that make up the times of our lives. I talked about how we all have a choice: Will we grow and learn from these times, and be generous and grateful for will we have? Or will we . . . Most of you can guess what the opposite reactions to those listed might be.
When I wrote that post and said that I hoped we would choose growth, I was mostly referring to my own growth in Asia during the previous three years. I was remembering the culture shock and the cold showers and the day-to-day isolation and the discomfort and uncertainty that frequently accompanies living in a foreign country. I was remembering how I went from hating my surroundings — to loving them . . . From succumbing to my circumstances — to mastering them. I was talking about the life-altering change to my worldview that I owed entirely to a place I’d previously never ever thought I’d go . . .
Truth be told, I had absolutely no idea what growth would mean for me in the United States, in my home state of California, in the coming year.
Somewhat unexpectedly, though, this year has in fact been a year of tremendous growth for me, if in a very different way than the growth I experienced in Asia. This year has brought new realizations about what I want to do with my life (it isn’t journalism school), and how I should love and treat myself (much more and better than I used to), and that all things can eventually work out for good (my parents’ divorce, as an example), and that love really does exist — even for a silly girl like me.
Perhaps the greatest thing I’ve learned this year, though, is to trust: To trust that things will eventually work themselves out — if we let them. If we give life our all, and treat others the way we want to be treated, and never give up, and never give up . . . Eventually, something good is bound to come our way. At the end of 2013, I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of my readers for giving me reason to believe in mankind this year. Your friendship means the world to me and has, in part, helped teach me many of the lessons I just mentioned this past year. There is a lot of bad out there, but there’s a lot of good, too. It all depends on what you’re looking for . . . And right now, dear reader, I’m looking at you.
Happy New Years!! Much love to you in the coming year.
“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank