I know we’re all joking about how 2019 is FINALLY over, I’m right there with everyone else. 2019 was a bitch. To say the least. But with struggle comes great lessons. I’ve truly made some big shifts in the past 365 days, all for the better. I went through some difficult times and was sitting at rock bottom for awhile. But closing out the year, it all makes sense now. There were lessons I needed to learn and I feel stronger for them. Now without further ado, enjoy my 2019 lessons.
Travel Feeds the Soul
2019 was the year of traveling for me. I actually woke up New Years Day in a different country so it only seems fitting. I feel so blessed to have said I was able to visit 15 new countries this year. I experienced a lot, and learned so much about different cultures. I was able to get a better feel for where I want my life to take me. Now, after a year of experiencing so many places, traveling is one of the things I work hard to be able to do. It’s become a love and a new priority in my life.
Time Heals All
Too many times this year have I been put in situations where my emotions were tested. I’m so in my feels (#pisces) that sometimes I get ahead of myself when it comes to matters of the heart. Whether someone did me wrong or there was a miscommunication with a friend, I’ve always been quick to embrace every emotion I’ve felt. This year, I’ve learned that you can’t control how you feel, but you can control how you react to it. I’ve accepted that sometimes I get upset and angry, I let myself feel those things, but I now give myself time to feel before I react.
Don’t Force People
This one is huge. I’ve had a lot of people leave my life this year, but I truly believe they are all people who are not meant for me. I used to be someone who got along with everyone, nodded when I disagreed and told people what they wanted to hear. In 2019, I guess I just got tired of the toxicity. I was being taken advantage of and pretty damn miserable. The second half of the year I spent more time being open and honest about my thoughts and feelings. I’ve become okay with the fact that not everyone will like me and agree with me. I’ve become more grateful for the people who love me regardless of my flaws.
Do More For Yourself
This is a lesson that will be rolling into 2020. 2019, I realized how much I don’t do for myself and how much I do do for others. I’m not saying I want to give less, I’d actually like to give more. But now I know that in order to give more, you need to give to yourself first. There are a lot of things that I have yet to do because I’ve been waiting on other people. 2020 will be the year of doing.