I started writing this here by glancing over the post I wrote a year ago. I must admit, I know it was written by me and I feel that someone familiar might have written it, but me? As I am now? Nope, not really.
When I finally completed a mission called Driving License. Haven’t had the chance to drive a car ever since… well 😀
Moved to Belgium for 6 months. Found myself and found new people. Found my own Sex & The City gang. LOVE.
Saw Jessie Ware in Brussels = attended a concert by myself for the very first time.
Went to Jungfrau, saw mountains up close (for the very first time, as well, believe it or not!).
Saw One Direction in Brussels.
Went to Maastricht and rode a bike after God knows how many years.
Completed a mission called Bachelor’s Degree, though I still haven’t received my diploma. The French system, what more there is to say…
Moved back home after 4 years. So now I can say that I’ve lived in 4 different countries. Not too shabby.
Started out a new mission called Pre-Masters.
Got rid off quite a good amount of unnecessary body fat and hair color went from dark to light.
Joined student radio Unimix.
Rediscovered gym and sauna.
Saw Florence + the Machine in Zürich.
It might not sound a lot. It might not sound anything special to anyone who doesn’t really know me, or well, anyone besides me. But for me, it is more than enough, and not even for the reasons stated here, but rather for all the inner development that has been happening through all of this. Understandings and realizations about myself, life, people in my life, what’s important, what’s not, daily lessons about letting shit go, and so on. It was a year where I became the most me I’ve ever been, very aware that there’s always room to be even more me, better, kinder, smarter, always room for development. But arriving at this point hasn’t been as easy as it might seem and my chapter in Brussels had an important role to play and I am so very grateful.
Why I think it’s important to state the previously mentioned things/accomplishments/events is precisely for the simple reason of expressing gratitude. Being grateful, feeling lucky to live this life exactly how you’ve had the chance to do it. And not feeling bad about talking about those good things. We all know that there’s enough bad and sad out there. There’s no need to produce it even more with our own words. Because our words create our world. Together with our thoughts, of course. The funny thing is, when you develop a habit of noticing how you talk to yourself, you start being more careful with how you express yourself to others. And surprise, surprise, you start noticing how other people around you talk to themselves, for starters, and you see why it is necessary to start changing the way we treat ourselves. It all starts from there.
When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.
I know this won’t always be easy. I know that emotions should be felt and not ignored, even when they are bad ones. But it doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t take this thought with me into the new year as kind of an inspirational motto to guide me through some of those darker days.
We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human is worth the same, and worth saving. ~ J.K. Rowling
One other thing, whoever you are who you’re reading this, whatever your principles, convictions about the world and the society we live in, please, don’t forget your humanity. Please please please, let’s not produce more hate.
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. ~ Neil Gaiman
If you think about it, what a ride this life has been. I’m definitely ready for more! 2016, let’s make it happen!
Until next time,