What Difference Does One Year Actually Make?

What Difference Does One Year Actually Make?

Turns out, a lot.
101
views

1 year. 12 months. 365 days. 8,760 hours. 525,600 minutes. 31,536,000 seconds.

Have you ever thought about what happened a year ago from a personal experience that changed your life in one way or another (good or bad)? Have you ever thought about how the time in between then and now has molded you into who you are in this very moment?

I know. Big stuff right?

Yes, because whether you choose to admit it or not, recognizing the seasons that you have progressed along and continue to advance through is such a monumental stride to moving in the right direction. Because when you choose to see the truth about where you've been and where you're going, you are taking responsibility for your choices and your actions.

And that, my friends, is called growing up.

A few days ago, it dawned on me that it had been just over a year since a circumstance completely altered my path in a way that I never expected. It was a situation I had never found myself in. One where a line was crossed and it was my fault. One where I had to rely on the people in my life because I couldn't manage to handle the consequences of my actions on my own.

My decisions on that day determined a domino effect that I couldn't control. I got so caught up in the moment that I didn't think about how one choice would affect so many other people.

Here's to say that being careful all the time and tip-toeing around our lives is not a way to live, but that experience appeared to be one of the important ones where I learned to be more grateful for the people in my life who take care of me with no questions asked, to not just assume that everything will just fix itself, and to believe what's true when I see it firsthand.

Of course, for a prolonged period of time, I swam in my own pride and shame because I was too determined to keep up the persona that I was OK. And as a result, I only found myself gasping for air on the other side because I had been refusing to accept the facts for far too long.

A year later, and I'm different, but I wouldn't change anything because I'm a year older, a bit smarter and sharper, and a little more prepared for what's next.

I've learned the balance between being self-fish and being kind because my decisions do affect other people. And I've learned what's important long-term — the things that I will carry beyond college.

Looking back and coming terms to with your past is one in which only helps you move forward. I'll be honest and say that sometimes it takes a long time to forgive yourself and admit that you may not have made the best decision.

A year may not be the magic number for getting over whatever has been holding you back, but it's a stepping stone into where you will be going next. Be proud of how far you've come and continue with eyes that are looking forward. You deserve that.

Cover Image Credit: Pexels

Popular Right Now

44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

Your caption is just as important as the filter.
656465
views

Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

Cover Image Credit: https://pixabay.com

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Living On The Lake As A Child Shaped My Adulthood

The world is your mussel!

1058
views

Some of the problems we face as children seem trivial and some seem dire. As adults, most of the problems we face seem like the end of the world because we already have so many things on our plate. Luckily, if you take a look at your past, you'll find that you already have some of the skills you need to face the adversities that come your way. As a child, I spent a decent chunk of my life living on a lake and, as I've grown up, I've realized that a lot of the lessons I learned on the lake have been reintroduced to me as an adult. The lake taught me about connection, awareness, and clarity and all of these are important tools for navigating adulthood, they've just been slightly repackaged.

The typical home has a few neighbors that are all within visibility, but living on a lake taught me that everyone is your neighbor. Everyone on the lake was just a boat-ride away, and there are a lot of folks who like to take advantage of that luxury. You can compare living on a lake to living in a giant, murky apartment complex, so it's important to recognize that everyone enjoys their privacy just as much as you do. Technology has connected us in ways that were unimaginable a decade ago, and I've come to find that everyone is neighbored now more than ever. We are all a call/text/email away from one another and we push the boundaries of intrusion more than we realize. Sometimes, a simple phone call is more respectable than a flurry of texts or sometimes a text is preferable to a stream of calls.

Beyond neighbors, there are countless creatures and things to encounter when you're at a lake, but one of the most prevalent are snakes. Always watch out for snakes. My mom taught me this lesson early on because we almost always ran into one on the way down to the lake. Some snakes are more harmful than others, and those are the ones to be most cautious of. Snakes were such a prevalent thing to fear as a child, but I figured that once I moved away, they would no longer be an issue; however, as an adult, I came to find that snakes were just as much of a threat. The snakes I faced in adulthood aren't reptilian, they are seemingly normal people, but they spew venom and act in cold-blood all the same. Unfortunately, real snakes are easier to deal with because you either shoo them away or decapitate them with the nearest shovel if things get hairy. Human snakes are ones you will find yourself trapped in places like school or work, and you must learn how to spot them quickly and survive WITH them. However, you can use some similar reasoning to deal with both snake encounters. A reptile doesn't respond to arguing and complaining, and neither does a crappy person in the office, so you'll have to find ways to reason with them in order for you to both continue getting your jobs done professionally.

If you live on a body of water you will most certainly be no stranger to swimming. Something my mom always emphasized was to not skip out on showering after returning from the lake. A post-lake shower was so important because lakes are full of both visible and microscopic germs, which means you'll be washing dirt from places you didn't even know were parts of the body. I found that this translated into my adulthood because there will also come times when you have to stop skipping out on a "shower." Whether it be starting a cleanse, meditating, or taking that long overdue nap, you must do something to rid yourself of all the physical and mental stresses. If you find yourself expending more energy than usual as a part of your climb upwards or even just to get by, for the time being, you should try to carve out time for a "shower" here and there.

All in all, my time spent on the lake has given me the skills to look sideways at most situations. Sometimes, you have to take a childhood lesson and repackage it so that it can solve an issue you are currently dealing with, and I have been lucky enough to have had such a colorful time on the lake.

Cover Image Credit:

Pexels

Related Content

Facebook Comments