In a mirror we find a reflection of our appearance, but it’s in a heart where we find a true reflection of our soul – this is something pertinent and a huge lesson I have learnt this year. Everything has changed and yet, I am more me than I’ve ever been, and this is positive!
It’s time to step back from blogging about material items and reflect. I spent a great deal of this year saying “What if” – these are two words, that if read separately, are non-threatening, just like many words are, but put them together, you give words the power to haunt you as long as you allow them to. So I’m saying a big ‘F off’ to all those conditional starters…(you can tell I’m an English Teacher!)
A moment of realisation is everything you need to bring everything back into perspective. I went through a period of seeing what I wanted to see, feeling what I wanted to feel and hearing what I wanted to hear. A romantic? Hardly! Blind? Maybe!
I could sit here and wallow, but that’s not me. Instead I want to show my gratitude and thanks. Many of the things that I’ve taken for granted or not openly shown my appreciation for, many other people out there are praying for.
This Christmas I’ll be surrounded by most of my family, minus a few very important people in my life, and this I’m grateful for. I’m thankful for a supportive non-judgmental family who rally together in good times and bad. I cherish the laughter, the love, the comfort, and the banter – we’re a family, no matter what happens, who knows how to have fun and love.
I’m thankful for my friends, old and new, because without loyal and caring friends by your side, where would you be? Just as important as family, I’m so lucky to be blessed with some beautiful people in my life, inside and out. These people definitely know my weaknesses, but they have also helped me rise and reveal my strengths.
I’m also lucky enough to be in a job that I find rewarding. Every day is something new. Yes, I face challenges, but don’t we all? I’m grateful for new experiences and the opportunities to grow.
I went through a phase of posting what many would refer to as ‘first world problems’. I hate that term, but in retrospect, many of the things I was complaining about lacked substance.
I’ve made the decision to embrace life and take on whatever is thrown at me, because like my mum once told me, I come from a line of strong women and that’s when I decided that metaphorical crown sitting on top my head needed straightening.
So to everyone reading this, thank you for everything, but most importantly thank you for being a part of my life and teaching me lessons, both good and bad. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and safe Christmas and an even better New Year – here’s to us and 2017 – bring it!
Merry Christmas and I love you!