Monday, December 31, 2012

Cheerio, 2012!

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…

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I’ve been in a wild roller coaster of emotions, lessons, and indelible memories. In all honesty, these photos just pale in comparison! I’m raising my metaphorical glass to whoever is reading this: let’s welcome the new year with hopes for a more blessed year! Expect the challenges and the blues, but never forget to look up to see the silver lining that's always there for anyone who looks for it. Cheerio to 2012 and cheers to 2013! :)

Happy new year!

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