5 Lessons 2016 Taught Me 

Dang, here we are again…

Another year has passed us by, and we have just ushered in a new one.

It’s kind of crazy to think that when many of us look back on 2016 we can overwhelmingly say that 2016 was one of the suckiest years.

As a nation, we have experienced, a number of tragedies, from the largest mass shooting, as well as many acts of police brutality, and to top it off one of the worst presidential elections.

And in their personal lives?

Some can attest to the same.

HOWEVER, I am a firm believer that there are always lessons that can be gained from even the most horrible life experiences.

It may not be what we want, or what we would have liked it to be, but if we take the time to reflect on 2016 we’ll realize that it held some positive and if nothing we can uncover even a few valuable lessons that have shaped us.

Today, I have decided to share with you a few of the lessons 2016 has taught me:

1. Emotions, like food within the heat of a cooker pressure for too long, will eventually explode into our daily lives if unaddressed.

You don’t really realize it until a series of events take place in your life and you find yourself not being able to handle them the way you normally do, but emotions are not something to take lightly. Whether you’re sad, mad, angry, hurt, whatever it is for whatever reason, it’s important to find a healthy way to address it. Talk to someone, journal it, do whatever works best for you, but get those bad boys out at your pace and in the comfort of your privacy before they spill out without your permission.

2. [l]ife is what happens when we’re busy distracted by meaningless things and sulking about the sucky parts. 

Okay, so this one is a bit harsh, but true nonetheless. There’s no denying that life is a rollercoaster ride, and it will always be. However, in order to make the most of it, I learned that we need to wake up and be intentional about enjoying life despite its ups and downs. Life can turn out to be unbelievably amazing when we choose not to dwell on the negative, but rather look for the positive in everything and remain hopeful.

3. It’s OK to be selfish; happiness should be our top priority.

If we don’t take care of ourselves we can’t adequately take care of others. Simple as that. Yes, some people may become upset at us because of it, but we’ll never be our best selves or reach our potentials if we live life walking on eggs shells just to keep other people happy.

4. No matter how far I stray, no one has my back like God does. 

Faith has been an integral part of my life for a really long time and even though 2016 didn’t see the main cause for its fracture, it definitely saw its biggest hit. However, even though I seemingly completly 180’d, God never left me. Like ya’ll don’t even know how good God came through for me and  I don’t think I’d learn this lesson better any other way. This is not to say that my faith is perfect now, but I definitely know he has my back like no one else and that’s enough for me right now.

5. Loving yourself is a catalyst for overwhelming life transformation.

This one statement is literally the cure for all of the previous lessons. That might sound like a crazy thing to say but think about it. If I had learned to love myself I wouldn’t hold emotions in, I would make the most of life because that’s what’s best for me and I would understand that sometimes my happiness comes at the expense of things but that doesn’t mean that God isn’t there and that he doesn’t love me regardless. Mind blowing, right? I’m glad I realize that now.

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Well, that’s all folks. LOL.

Seriously, though, I hope that these lessons have benefited you in one way or another and that they inspire you to take some time to reflect on 2016 and find the gems that are buried in it.

I wish you the best and happy new year loves!

Xoxo,

Mara

P.S. Stay tuned for an updated about me post, including new post schedule and the theme for this year’s blog series. X

 

 

 

 

 

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