2016 has come and gone faster than … *insert appropriate analogy*
That’s how well my brain is keeping up by the way, my usually amazing (if I do say so myself) analogies are eluding me and I have to resort to asterisked blahs to get some mediocre humor going on.
Oh well. Anyway, back to the whole 2016 issue.
2016 was a big year for me and a lot of people around me. Kylie Jenner famously said 2016 would be the year of realizing things and while I don’t put much stock in the opinions of reality stars, I do have to agree with her on that. In all my 21 years of life (OMG I can’t believe I’m 21), there’s hasn’t been a year that’s been more hard-hitting with the universal truths as 2016 has been.
Truth number 1: You will get hurt. Over and over and over. You will leave everything on the line, get your hopes up and be dismally heartbroken when what you hope for doesn’t come to pass. It’s a part of life, that you get hurt, and this year I finally realized that people don’t stop hurting.
Truth number 2: There’s no place like home. Home. I came to America in Fall 2015 and was filled with wide-eyed wonder at this great big mess of a country. But 2016 rolls around and all the homesickness rolls in with it. I spent a veritable 3 weeks of my first semester of 2016 (way back in January) engulfed in daze of homesickness-fueled dullness. But then I went back for summer and basked in the glory of being home and contrary to my belief that I’d uprooted my life successfully to Philadelphia, I still very much found that I was rooted back home. And I realized that’s not a bad thing.
Truth number 3: If you don’t work, you don’t get anything. Having coursed through high school doing the bare minimum in terms of studying, I tried to extend that work pattern in college to disastrous consequences both during my Winter quarter of freshman year this most recent fall quarter of sophomore year.
Truth number 4: No one can make me do something I don’t want to do. This comes with advantages and drawbacks. No one can force me to do anything or persuade me to do anything that I don’t want to do. I found that I hold a frightening level of control over my life and that only I, get to make decisions in my life. This may be a head-scratcher for some of you out there but believe me, I realized this fact only this past year. So in terms of someone trying to change me by way bullying, peer pressure or trying to pressure me into drugs or drinking, I’m not going to give in easy. The bad side of this is work: motivation becomes an issue when I’m this strongly inclined to follow what I want.
Truth number 5: Best friends really do save you. They know who they are and if they don’t I’m going to make sure they do. I went through something really bad during spring of 2016 and if it weren’t for my best friends, in America, back home as well as Australia, China, UK and Dubai, I would not have recovered as fast as I did.
I learned several other minor things too but overall, the above five things are the things that I feel I need to put out there. These five things have led me to re-evaluate who I am, where I’m heading and a lot of other stuff about myself.
2016 was also special in that I read, watched and listened to a lot of things that I feel impacted my life more than I could have ever imagined. At the time I was experiencing them I may not have realized their importance but afterwards, they left lasting impressions on me. Here are some of them.
I obviously watched, listened to, and read many other things but the ones mentioned above stuck with me. Look them up, they’re all pretty amazing. That does it with my 2016 recap, I’ll get back to you with a 2017 look-see. Till, then. Kick butt and conquer!