2016 has not been without challenge. Granted it was easier than 2015 but it still had its hurdles. Through all of it I learned that positivity isn’t smiling when you are on the mountaintop – it’s standing when you are in the valley.
I made a pretty big decision earlier this year – after toying with the idea of going back to school I finally decided to take the plunge. I was in a bit of a funk, frustrated with my then job position and felt as though if I didn’t make drastic changes I would be pigeon-holed into a career I was never passionate about. Like many young adults, I felt like I had no control over the roll-out of my life. Rather than letting those feelings defeat me, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and take over the areas of my life I could control.
Going back to school is one thing – moving cities to go back to school… well that’s another. Within a month of applying and getting accepted into the post-graduate program I was packing my life away into boxes. Leaving my family was perhaps the hardest part of the move but it’s truly been a great learning experience.
In the last few months I have fallen in love. I’ve fallen in love with someone who is independent, strong, confident and authentic.
Now please, stop guessing who you maybe thought you saw in my snapchat story that one time…. Or maybe that one person I tagged in a post…chill.
The person I fell in love with was myself.
I’ve learned to celebrate my accomplishments, cherish my attributes and revel in my opportunities. I don’t have everything together – but I am proud of the person I’ve become. I take pride in my conduct and attitude, knowing that I’ll never be perfect and there will always be room for growth. People will always be quick to point out your short-comings, it’s up to you to reflect and identify those traits that make you shine. Once you have – throw yourself a private party and celebrate you!
After all, it’s said that –
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.