Coming to the end of the year is like coming full circle, with an unexpected ending. This time last year is a little different from this year.
2012 Was not a great year for me,in fact, it was one of the hardest years ever in my 20-something years of existence, but it ended.
Then with a re-awakened faith, hope and desire, 2013 began and promptly showed me that things can actually get harder. Shock of my life!
Then somewhere close to the end, things took a turn for the better, I got work. I mean meaningful work.
I got to work at both of my passions and though the hours were hard and long. And though I spent 12 hours away from home only to arrive back and work for 4 more, I held on to these moments, I looked at the brighter side.
Getting work after what had been an extremely drawn out and frustrating forced hiatus was the greatest relief. I thought that I had flushed my career, along with my dreams and life down the toilet because of what I consider to be not-so-wise decisions. Instead God showed me that giving up was not the option. He reminded me that he holds the reigns. With that you would think I would have learnt to surrender things to him, but let me tell you that kind of love is not a once off thing. Literally, it’s an everyday thing but even though I fail to do that everyday, nevertheless, his grace always shows up.
In reflection, 2013 has been a good year for me. My prayers were answered and for the things that I am still hoping and waiting for I am trusting God. I am learning what it is to count blessings and to hold on to the good knowing that no matter what, it will always outweigh the bad.
I am excited for what lies ahead in 2014. Perhaps in truth what has changed in my life in 2013 is less things and more me, my outlook is being transformed and that’s something I want more than anything else.
In no particular order this is what I learnt in 2013:
- Do what you love
- Revive dead passions
- Leave the past behind
- Make new mistakes, and learn from them
- Love God, and let him love you
- Be surprised by God’s plans
- You will hit a brick wall or a hundred, but God will open New Doors.
- Have new aspirations and pursue them
- Work hard at everything
- Get some rest
- Sometimes care, sometimes don’t care too much
- You will worry about almost everything, but stop sooner rather than later
- You will not agree with everyone on everything, that is the real life
- If you learn to accept, you will save yourself a lot of heart break
- Be yourself, sometimes that means re-inventing yourself
- Learn to love others and love yourself
- Learn to forgive others and forgive yourself
And if you have learnt nothing at all,remember that Jesus is the be all and end all. The All We Truly Need.