Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009!!

Another year has come and gone. And what a friggin year it has been. It has been one of the worst and one of the best years of my life. What a roller coaster, huh? But, with the stroke of midnight last night, we can all start fresh. Another chance to do what we always said we would, be who we always wanted to be, and live how we always wanted to live. 

I, for one, am going to write more. I started a story last week - might turn into something, but will probably turn into nothing. The point is, I am writing and it feels great! I start grad school this month, too, which I am super psyched about. I loved college and I cannot wait to get back in the classroom. School will definitely keep me writing. 

I am also going to take better care of me. No more feeling sorry for myself or getting down about things I cannot change. I just have to focus on all the great things in my life - all of the amazing people I love and the great life I live. If I have learned one thing this year it is that people change and you can either accept that change and learn from it and grow from it OR you can be bitter and miss out on incredible possibilities. It isn't fair nor healthy to alienate the people you love, the ones who have always been there for you, for reasons that have nothing to do with you.

 It is a tough thing to grow up and lose innocence - it hurts like hell to have to deal with real life problems. But, these are the things that shape us and help make us better people. It has been a tough journey, as I imagine life is supposed to be. But, it is MY life and I would not trade all the good for anything in the world. 

So, here is to you, you crazy year of 2008. I turned 25, got married, travelled to Europe, got my heart broken, got my heart mended, made great friends, voted in the most important election in the history of our country, loved so much it hurt, laughed so hard I cried, made goals for the future, and grew up just enough to know that life is what you make of it and nobody can take the away from you. 

May you have the happiest, healthiest, most prosperous of new year's! If you can dream it, you can do it!