Well, dang y’all, it’s freaking December! What in the world?! It’s holiday time and time to look back on the year it has been. Admitingly, this year has been a better one for me. Not easy but a better one. I’ve had some really high points this year. I made some changes (not as many as I had hoped but…), I did a couple of really cool things. I realized some things. I learned. So I would say that 2017 was not too shabby, personally. I’m not going to talk about what’s going on in the rest of the world because depressing and oh gosh, that’s just a can of worms I don’t to open.
I really did enjoy this year. The highlight, of course, is meeting Rhett and Link, which I wrote about here. I honestly still can’t believe that happened. I also can’t believe I didn’t get to tell them what I really wanted to. I got so excited and nervous! I relive that night a lot. I never want to forget it. I’m so grateful for that experience. Again, it’s weird but man, yeah. A couple of guys on YouTube mean a lot of me and I got to meet them and it was incredible. I could write about this forever but I won’t. I will just say I regret getting so worked up and not being eloquent with my words when I met them. I also regret that I didn’t ask to touch their hair. They have amazing hair.
Not only did I get to meet (and hug, did I mention that? I hugged them! Goodness!) a couple of my favorites, I did something else I’ve never done before. Actually, I did a few things that were brand new! I took a road trip with my Mama to a place that neither one of us had ever been before. It was great! We got to visit this really cool city. We got to spend some really wonderful time together. We saw some really cool things. It was great! If you’re fortunate enough to have a good relationship with your parents, take a road trip with them! It will be great and a learning experience!
I got my heart broken. That was a new experience. I’ve been hurt deeply in the past and I thought I had my heart broken before but man, I was wrong. You want a learning experience? Heartbreak is the answer. It’s a hard thing to work through. It leaves wounds that affect you in a way you never expected. It makes you weary. It makes you realize that trust is fragile. It also makes you realize that some people are hard and they may be hard for the rest of their life, which is sad. I’m still learning from my heartbreak experience. I’m learning how to keep dreaming and wanting even when my greatest dreams and plans are snuffed out like they were meaningless. They weren’t though, that fire is there for a reason. It will get put to use in the right place. I have to trust in the Lord and not in people. That’s the biggest lesson learned from that whole experience. People will be people and people are broken. Lesson learned.
I also did a shocking thing this year. Well, shocking to some. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I mean, like, years. Also, in today’s society, it’s not that shocking. I got a tattoo! I’ve been wanting one for years and I finally really planned on getting one and it happened! It wasn’t what I expected. I expected a lot more pain and a lot more reprimanding from my Mom. However, I’m pretty sure if my dad were still here, actually, I’m not totally sure what would happen. Like, I’m really not. He would for sure be mad about it but I think he would have gotten over the anger quickly. Maybe? I don’t know. Will this be my only tattoo? I don’t think so. We’ll see. I not only got a tattoo but I added new piercings to my ears. Not a big deal but I did that too. Well, my best friend did it actually. In her bathroom, with piercing guns, I purchased for 8 bucks from Sally’s Beauty Supply. That is an exercise in trust, friends.
There were a lot of high points this year. These were just a few. I’m so thankful that this year felt like it has more laughs than tears. That was a refreshing change. I’m learning and I hope to never stop learning. There are always new ways to grow and new things to experience. I want that. I want a life full of experiences and lessons. Isn’t that the point?