Merry (late) Christmas and Happy New Year!
2017 went by way too quickly- I really do think it was the fastest year of my life.
But as well as (debatably) being the shortest, it was also quite possibly the best year of my life (thus far).
I've felt incredibly grateful this year, and I'm starting to see that gratitude (maybe more than anything else) truly does lead to an unbelievable amount of joy.
This year I've been learning to sit back, take a few breaths, and put my trust in God more than I've ever been able to. Being able to let go of my desire to constantly know all of the "how's" and "when's" and "why's" of everything that's going on presently and everything that will happen is hard at first, but incredibly freeing in the long run. My college/futuristic plans have changed a couple of times this year, and I currently don't feel like I have a concrete plan- but strangely enough, I'm okay with that. Things didn't always go as planned in 2017, but everything worked out and ended up okay- maybe even better than I had anticipated they would.
I can easily get caught up in freaking out about the future and worrying about how I'm going to get to where I want to be one, five, or ten years from now. But in 2017, I've tried to get myself to focus more on the short-term goals: this is what I need to do today. This is my goal for this week. These are the things I want to accomplish this semester. I still glance at my "big picture" and think carefully about the steps I need to take in order to get there, but remembering to be in the "here and now" is helpful and I've noticed that it allows me to be more productive in my day-to-day life... Not to mention the fact that I'm a lot happier if I'm not constantly worrying about something that I cannot do anything about at present. Looking back and seeing how God has pieced everything together makes me feel very content.
I'm incredibly thankful for everything that happened this past year- for everything I was able to accomplish/experience and for the amazing people I was able to spend it with.
2017 was a fantastic year and I'm looking forward to seeing what 2018 will bring.
That being said, Happy New Year! I hope you all have a spectacular year.
"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind."