I’m 31 today.
But I’m exercising more.
I’m drinking more.
But I’m eating healthier.
I’m watching more TV.
But I’m reading more books.
I’m traveling more.
But I’m more of a homebody.
I have fewer friends.
But the friendships I have are deeper.
In the last year I’ve
…gone to bed earlier and woken up earlier
…quit coffee — and then started up coffee again
…taken a sabbatical for the first time.
…gone on some terrible first dates
….gone one some really promising first dates – and they never called back
….started new medication after what felt like a million visits to various doctors
….competed in Celtic festivals
….taken a break from bagpipes (I say taking a break, cause I can’t say QUIT!…but honestly, it is just a break – I’ll be back!)
….joined a new church community
…finished another course in my doctorate
…seen Katy Perry in concert
…started writing for the Salt Collective
…tried an elimination diet
…cut off and donated all my hair (okay, not all, but A LOT)
…attended an atheist church
….had a crush on a guy that was 42 and a guy that was 26 (age is a mystery!)
…watched friends slip back into addiction
….watched friends break free from drugs and alcohol and addiction
….been to San Francisco, Seattle, Switzerland, Illinois, and the Sequoias
….seen my little brother get married
….seen my little sister have a baby
….watched friends get married, and watched friends pass away.
…gone to concerts and parties and coffee shops and bars
…lit candles and watched sunsets and taken bubble baths
Life is in seasons. There are up’s and down’s. I achieve and then I fail. I strive to grow, set goals and challenge myself. I am not as disciplined as I think and I disappoint others and myself. But I am grateful for the journey I am on – for the God who faithfully walks with me and never lets me go and for the hope I can have in a brighter tomorrow.
We are human. We will fail, but we will also succeed and achieve. We will love and we will feel pain. We will experience light and darkness. We will develop new habits and routines and traditions.
Life is life. You won’t have a perfect year – but no matter how many highs or lows, you’ll learn something and you’ll continue to grow. Take in the lessons, pay attention to your strengths and weaknesses, learn from the failures and set goals for the future.