2018 Was A Hard Year

Even If 2018 Was Your Worst Year, Consider It Your Best For All The Lessons You Learned

Despite all your hardships, you gained something so extremely useful in the end: experience.

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There's always that year that no one seems to talk about. That year when things just didn't seem to go your way. But don't blame the year. Sometimes, certain things just don't work out in your favor and that's totally fine. If 2018 was one of your worst years, pause for a minute. Is there really such a thing as the worst year? And even if you felt like that, you should first ask yourself... did you learn from these experiences?

I feel like the worst thing you can possibly do following bad experiences in your life is to not learn from them. When you learn from your past mistakes or experiences that happened to you, you grow. You grow mentally as a person and you better yourself. It's not guaranteed that the same thing won't happen to you again, but learning from your past will definitely help prevent similar situations in the future.

For example, let's say in 2018 you met a horrible guy who just used you and mentally drained you, yet you loved the fool and you gave him all of you. In the end, he broke your heart anyway and you came to the conclusion that 2018 sucked. Once you're done sulking, you should begin your personal process of growth. Learn how to protect your heart and how to love yourself first.

Let's say you got rejected from your dream university. Don't blame the entire year for that rejection. Don't blame yourself either. Learn how to do better instead or learn how to accept rejection. Learn that you can't always get what you want in life and that some things happen for a reason.

The point is, although 2018 may have seemed like a tough year for you, don't regret it. Don't regret your decisions. Because despite all your hardships, you gained something so extremely useful in the end: experience. Experience is one of the most valuable lessons in life. Your experiences will change you. But you have to let them change you.

Try and understand that as a human being, you will definitely change. The person you are in 2018 is not the same person you will be in 2019. Or in 2025. Or in 2050. Don't cry or be sad about those unlucky events that happened to you this year, be happy they happened to you because now you are able to use your experiences as guidelines for growth.

I know for me, 2018 had extremely high points and extremely low points. When I remember the low points, I make sure I keep in mind what I learned from them and how I can better myself from them. I never regret my constant mental breakdowns my freshman year of college. I never regret knowing certain people that used me to their advantage. I remind myself they are simply a step in my process of growth and self-reflection. So if you think 2018 wasn't your year, transform your experiences into guidelines that you can implement in 2019, where there will definitely be a new you!

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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