Plunging into the adult world is no easy feat, and 2012 is the year that officially let me feel that. As they say, life comes with no guidebook; we young crops have to be careful with all the baby steps we're taking into the real world. We shook off our training wheels, soldiered on, and thought: “Yes. This is it, this is what I’ve always waited for. I can do it.” Everything about Adulthood: Stage One is an uphill struggle, but hey—it didn’t mean we can’t have fun!
I will never forget 2012 for all the memories it etched in my heart, both the good ones and the bad ones. I felt so much stronger right now, after going through the wild jungle of problems and troubles...which is apparently just the start of it all. I stumbled and got back right up. I got misunderstood and I forgive. I misunderstood and was forgiven. I encountered new people that I came to love, friends who have the same “wavelength of quirkiness” as me, friends that entered my life in astonishingly unexpected ways, friends that I know I can rely on. I got to keep old friends who would back me up as I do the same to them. I turned 365 days older. I got to try new things; I got to let new dreams bloom inside me.
Sure, there are times when I feel like crying and encasing myself with a cocoon of despair; there are times when I feel like I’m on the brink of giving up. Lots of times. But for all its worth, the last 12 months were full of happier moments than I could ask for. The brighter scenes thawed the darker ones to the point of vanishing. I'm thankful for everything.
Here are some of the photos I found collected in a random folder on my desktop. I’m sure there are tons of more snapshots out there on the info superhighway—and there are a thousand more memories that are captured only by my heart’s built-in shutter—but I guess I’d post this handful. They would already tell a lot…
Happy new year!