Saying Goodbye to 26
May 3, 2016 § Leave a comment
Wow. I can’t believe my birthday is here again. Twenty-six went by so quickly yet so slowly. A lot happened this last year. Some good, some bad, and some ugly. Twenty-six brought a lot of questions. Mainly, “where do I go from here?” Honestly, I’m still processing that question.
Emotions ran high this last year and I wasn’t even on hormone pills. I definitely had some struggles and lashed out in anger more times than I would like to admit. I’ve been working on processing my emotions better so that I am not lashing out at the ones I love. It is a process for sure. Choosing love over hate takes a lot more will power than you think. Our instincts tell us it’s okay to lash out because it’s our right to be angry. No one can take that from us. Let’s face it though, acting out in anger takes so much away from us. If that pattern continues, eventually, no one will want to be around you and you’ll lose respect of your friends and family. Personally, I would rather people want to be around me. My community helps me to learn and brings healing in ways I could never fathom. Choosing love is a much better way of life.
So what did I learn from my 26th year?
- Be honest. I remember my third grade teacher saying, “honesty is the best policy.” That statement has been so true especially this last year. Being honest with my community has brought so much love and support. I’m humbled by them.
- Choose love. Life is so much better when you show love to those around you even when you’re angry.
- Take care of yourself. I realize this sounds a little selfish, but I don’t think it is selfish. Taking the time to exercise, eat better, and finding a hobby you enjoy makes it so much easier to respond in love and to be honest.
Twenty-six, you were a year of self-realization and attitude adjustments. Thank you for that. After a year like this, I’m interested to see what 27 has in store. Whatever it is, may I stay honest and loving; may the friends and family time be joyous; may the Lord direct my steps even in the darkness.