It is time to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016! The tradition around New Years Eve and into New Years Day is to take a moment to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the year to come.
As I reflect on the past year, I see a year of great growth and change. During 2015 so many things happened: I turned eighteen, I was apart of a group that was crowned Grand National show choir champions, I traveled, I was in a musical, I went to prom with my two best friends, I made amazing memories, I experienced heartbreak, I conquered fears, I graduated high school, I moved to Norman, I started my freshman year at the University of Oklahoma, I joined Alpha Phi, I met many incredible people and I grew so much along the way.
It has been a crazy year packed with so many huge milestones. There were times that I thought that it was the worst year of my life, but there were also times that I thought that it was the best year of my life. I experienced a lot of change this year, and trust me change is not easy. Even though change can be extremely hard to cope with, it is necessary for growth. All of the changes that came along in the past year have helped me grow up. It has given me a new perspective on life.
One thing this year taught me is that I am in charge of my own happiness. Everyday I have to make a decision to either see the positive or the negative in every situation I face. If I focus on the negative my life will be miserable, but if I focus on the positive then life is so much better. It’s a daily choice that I have to make. There will always be storms in life, but there is always a rainbow at the end of it. I can’t give up even if the situation seems dark; I have to look for the rainbow. If I want to be happy I really do have to enjoy the little things that life throws my way, good or bad.
Now to the New Year resolutions. I have my standard ones that many of the world has like to work out more and to get good grades, but I also have some goals that will really challenge me. My goal for 2016 is to take risks, step out of my comfort zone, and to let go of my fear of the unknown. I’ve realized that I may never really find what I’m looking for in life If I don’t try things that might make me a little uncomfortable at first. Nothing extraordinary every happens inside a comfort zone, and I am determined to challenge myself to stay out of it. This will really help me to live my life to the fullest. I want to try new things and continue to grow as a person and in my relationship with Christ. I am so excited about the things to come. 2016 will definitely be a year filled with new experiences and growth.
Today marks the start of a new year and new beginnings. I welcome 2016 with open arms. Last year might have been packed full of life altering experiences, but I am so excited for the new things to come this year. The past is in the past, and this year I am determined to live in the present and keep looking onward. I am looking forward to what God has planned for me this year.
Happy New Year everyone! May you have a blessed and prosperous year.