I was going to write a 2016 reflection and talk about how awful the year was until I realized that that wasn’t how I wanted to start 2017- my year of rebuilding. 2017 should start with positivity, love, and hope.
Instead, I will write a letter for me to read a year from now containing my hopes, goals, and expectations.
Dear 2018 self,
In one year, I’ll be reading this and really appreciating myself for writing it.
If 2017 changes me as much as 2016 had, I will be a completely different reader than I am a writer right now.
I’ve always been pretty self-aware but in 2016 I discovered a totally new side of myself. I’m constantly learning new things about myself.
In 2017, I hope I truly find love within myself to spread to everyone. I want to be in a place where I can honestly love my enemies. My plan is to build a positive and happy mind. I want to find that peace within myself where I can easily love the smallest details of my life instead of focusing on the big, obvious things. Learn to appreciate every breath I take. (hmm.. I should start a gratitude journal?)
This year, I graduate college in May and honestly have no plans for what’s happening after. My goal is to find a job that I will love but will also build me up in my professional life. I am open to moving for a job and honestly hope I do find a job somewhere else. While I’m still young, I want to experience something different than this town I grew up in.
Becky is also graduating and she might find a job in a new city too. We’ve lived together for 2 years and now there’s a possibility of us living in different states. That’s crazy. If we move away from each other, there’s no doubt in my mind that we won’t still constantly keep in touch. Naturally, we won’t have the same friendship we have now if that happens. It’ll be different, but it’ll still be beautiful.
This year should be extremely memorable. Go out of the country, go to another music festival, take a lot of road trips, visit more states and just explore. With finishing school, I hope this year is full of adventures.
My 2017 started off with a new relationship. It is with a guy I’ve known for about a year and he was my best friend at first. I fell for him and continue to fall for him. He says I’m amazing, but truly, he’s the amazing one. By 2018, I hope we are still together, serving each other and serving God.
Most importantly, I want to be happy in 2017. No matter what comes my way, I hope to make the most out of everything.