I remember at the end of 2015 as my family and I got so excited for the year to end. We had gone through hardships for much of the year and the new beginning that comes each year was the only thing keeping us positive. “2016 is gonna be our year!” we all hoped. Boy…were we wrong. The year from start to finish has been for the most part, a painful extension of 2015 but I have to believe that there’s some sort of silver lining through all of this. The beauty of life is almost always in conquering hardships. Between my mom’s health, and a death that altered the entirety of our family dynamic the stress has certainly taken a toll on everyone during the course of the year. And here we’ve come full circle at the end of 2016, praying that 2017 is going to be a good one.
This time of year, you always see people reminiscing on the good, bad, happy and sad of the past 365 days. Everyone looks for the next year to bring them more of life’s surprises. They use this time to reflect, set goals, and put changes in place in order to better themselves. I really admire everyone who hangs on to the notion of a new beginning. It means you’re eager to keep going no matter what storm has come through your life, in the past. There’s certainly something to be said about the power of positivity. Over the past year one of the biggest lessons I have learned is to be grateful for every situation in life because everything you encounter throughout your journey teaches you something about yourself and the world around you. If you practice thankfulness, you’ll learn how to be able to see the silver lining in every situation.
So, instead of wishing this past year good riddance, I want to thank 2016 for pushing and challenging me. Over the past year, I have learned so much about who I am and the things I want out of life. But the biggest gift that I could’ve received is the strength myself, and everyone I love has shown through their personal hardships and the beauty of continuing on to let the world know that “2017 is going to be our year!”
I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year! As I know so many around me have also had a rough year, may you be able to see the silver lining of it all and continue to look forward to the endless possibilities the future holds.