Remembering The High Points Of Your 2017

Remembering The High Points Of Your 2017

I promise, if you look back, 2017 wasn't the worst year ever
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For some reason, as a society, we get to the end of a year and just love to say "wow that was the WORST year ever, the next one has to be marginally better." Of course, I find myself falling into the same exact trap. I think in my life the bad events that happened in the year are just significantly larger than the countless happy events, so the year gets directly tied to those memories that leave such a bad taste in our mouths.

For example, 2014 was the year that was filled with surgeries and treatments. In 2016, I was dumped. Of course, so many amazing things happened in both of these years, but those are just the first things I think of when I think of those years.

So a few days ago while trapped in New York City (thank you bomb cyclone), I decided to go through my camera roll and write down in my notebook some of the positive memories from each month in 2017 that the pictures reminded me of.

Here are a few of my favorites:

February 2017

I received my acceptance to Emory! Will and I went and got lunch the next day to celebrate (Chick-fil-a of course).

March 2017

We spent part of our spring break in Fernandina Beach, where it ended up being much colder than usual for a March in Florida. But it is always fun hanging out in our old stomping grounds. (Will sporting his UGA gear, who would have thought last March that the Dawgs would make it to the National Championship!)

April 2017

My family went down south for my cousin's Eagle Scout ceremony. We also got to see my other cousin compete in her gymnastics meet.

August 2017

I moved into Emory! Of course, I didn't even last an hour on my own before getting hurt, so my parents had to turn around and bring ice packs and bandages.

December 2017

New Years in New York City! Of course I then promptly got stuck in the city for four extra days thanks to the bomb cyclone, but tons of fun none the less!

Long story short, take a couple minutes to reflect on the high points of your 2017. Use pictures to jog your memory. Things from senior year feel like forever ago, so I almost forgot that they were even part of this calendar year. Spend time laughing at yourself and remembering great memories from this year.

While we can't immediately change the bad things that are happening in the government, overseas, or in the world we can make the conscious decision each day to make that day a good day and one that would want to look back and remember with a smile. Remember 2017 fondly and make it a goal to find those happy moments in each day of 2018.

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2. "We probably shouldn't go out for dinner again...right?"

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4. "Do you have my keys?"

5. "Can you pick me up?"

6. "Is it hot in here?"

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8. "Can you throw this out for me?"

9. "Can we get ice cream?"

10. "I need coffee."

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11. "Can you tell me what happened?"

12. "Are you asleep?"

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13. "Check your DM's."

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18. "Can we meet up?"

19. "Can you help me find my phone?"

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I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

No matter how bad I felt, I stayed and persevered.

Now that I am home for the summer, I have been reminiscing on the past two semesters of school. At the beginning of the school year, I had a much different idea of how it would go. It was going to be "my year," but somehow while the year was going on, I felt that I had been completely wrong. It's easy to come to quick conclusions when life doesn't exactly go your way. Conclusions like "this year has been the worst year ever" and "I can never get a break" were often popping up in my head. My grades weren't where I wanted them, and I was surprised by a lot of occurrences that I never expected to happen (imagine a wild ride). I found out who my true friends are and who I could rely on, and luckily, my circle only grew. Being extremely extroverted, it was hard for me to get out and just do something. Being in this "rut" took a toll on me. I had to make those hard decisions about doing what was best for me in the long run instead of doing something just for the moment. Trust me when I say, this was NOT easy at all.

Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

I decided that it was time for me to allow myself to fully, undeniably be me. I wanted to start doing the little things I enjoy again like working out, taking pictures, and simply just going out to do anything. I started forcing myself to take any opportunity that came my way, and it helped. One of the things that brought me so much joy was kickboxing – talk about therapeutic, people! Kickboxing at least three times a week helped my mood shift so much, and it was a start to seeing me again. I am so blessed with friends who would come over at, literally, any time of the day. Spending time with them helped me more than they could ever know. We did anything from just hanging out in my living room to splurging on a fun dinner. Through everything that I was doing daily, I was learning how to rely on myself. Looking back now, I have never really had to know what it felt like to rely mainly on myself. I did get so much help from my family and friends, but what good could their help do if I didn't want to help myself first?

Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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