Thank you, 2O17

I have never been a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions. Partially because I believe that there is always a good time to make a change or start something new, on 1st of January as well as 16th of April or 5th of September. Every day is a blank new page, if you will.  But mainly, the reason why I tend to retrain from making New Year’s resolutions is, that in the past few years, I looked at the list of my goals I had written 12 months earlier and realized that for some of them I had close. Not necessarily because of some kind of failure on my side or because I had given up but oftentimes, things just happened and life simply changed course. Some events took me to a completely different situation while messing up my plan, and sometimes, no matter how hard I tried, I wasn’t in the driver’s seat, it was the life itself. And often, it wasn’t the road that changed, it was the final destination that I suddenly reconsidered. That  has taught me that every now and then we just have to let things go, take whatever detour there is to be taken and see what is there in store for us. Even more, we better enjoy the detour and trust that we find ourselves exactly where we are supposed to be.

So maybe I do, in fact, have a New Year’s resolution — instead of running towards my goals, I will soak up the journey and make every day an opportunity for growth.

On the other hand, the end of the year is a perfect time to reflect on what happened in the past 12 months and a great chance to think about our accomplishments, lessons we learned, moments that made our hearts sink or skip a beat.

For me, 2017 was a good one, that’s for sure. Frankly, in 2015 my world was shaken and the low blows of 2016 took its toll on my inner peace and confidence. But 2017 was a year I got back up. It was a year I differentiated what I want from what I think the worlds wants from me. A year when I did not find myself but learnt what it means to be myself instead. It was a year full smiles, adventures and moments that carved to my heart forever. A year that I ticked many items of my bucket list. It was a year I felt enough sorrow so I could appreciate the brighter days more. It was a year I got to travel to incredible places, visited some old ones. It was a year I got reunited with many of my old friends and made new friendships. It was a year that started in my favourite city with my favourite person. It was a year I enjoyed sunsets over the Caribbean, Red sea, Dead sea, Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. It was a year I saw the Lumineers, pretty much my favourite band at the moment. I was a year I finally finished my damn Masters. It was a year I started drinking coffee and stopped eating animals, not that the two are really related. It was a year I saw the most magical sunrise above the Cappadocian valley, a dream come true. A year I went to Germany way too many times and really enjoyed it. It was a year I flew over Turkish coastline in paraglide. A year when Prague showed me how beautiful all the four seasons can be. It was a year I started to sort of like when it’s raining. It was a year I went to an incredible wedding for the first time and I was a bridesmaid too. It was a year I had a time of my life at music festivals. A year I went paddle boarding but not as often as I wish to. It was a year I drove a scooter for the first time by myself and fell in love with it completely. It was a year I left my comfort zone quite often. It was a year I advanced my Spanish but still not to the level I want to have it at (but that’s what next year is for right?). A year I had to look face to face at what I thought I have failed at and found some silver lining. It was a year I cut my hair by myself which felt super liberating and was a great way to practice non-attachment. It was a year I bought too many jeans shorts, as usually. It was a year that has thought me that if some door does not open, it was not meant to be our door. A year when I realized that feelings are here to be felt and maybe, if we feel down there is no need to deny it and put smile on our face just to look happy and strong in front of others. It was a year when I lived more in the moment. Although that is still a long way to go. It was a year when I finally got to read more books. It was a year that I did not have cancer which is the best thing ever. It was a year I practiced yoga almost every day. It was a year I tried indoor bouldering for the first time, and really liked it. A year I was reminded of how beautiful the Alps are, both while hiking and snowboarding. Year when I questioned a lot of things I had been previously accepting as a fact. It was a year I Iearnt that to heal a broken heart I need to give it a time. And stop being hard on myself because life was already hard enough, sometimes. It was a year I accepted that although things did not go as once I thought they would, it does not mean they aren’t going well. A year I realized that the real success is to be absolutely content within ourselves in any situation and no one else is responsible for our happiness but us. . And also, it was a year that made me super excited for the next one, even though it will be a journey to the unknown.

So thank you, 2017, for all of the experiences, lessons and memories. Here is to new ones.

– Romy

 

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Dan Millman

“These mountains you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.” – Najwa Zebian

“Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be.”

“One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.” – Brigitte Nicole

“You dont see the world as it is. You see it as you are.” – Krisna Saagar

I’m beginning to recognize that real happiness isn’t something large and looming on the horizon ahead, but something small, numerous and already here. The smile of someone you love. A decent breakfast. The warm sunset. Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row.” – Beau Taplin

 

Once there was a Chinese farmer who worked at his farm together with his son and their horses. One day, the horses ran off to the woods, and farmer’s neighbors came to say, “How unfortunate for you!” The farmer replied, “Maybe.”

The next day, the horses returned, followed by a herd of wild horses, and the neighbors gathered around and exclaimed, “How lucky that it, amazing!” The farmer stayed calm and replied, “Maybe.”

While trying to tame one of wild horses, the farmer’s son fell, and broke his leg which meant he was not able to work for weeks. “We are so sorry, that is very sad,” the neighbors told to the farmer. “Maybe,” said the farmer, as always.

Shortly thereafter, n army recruiters came to the farm, wanting to draft the son to fight the invaders.  But the farmer’s son could not have been recruited because of his broken leg. People said to the farmer, “What a good thing your son couldn’t fight!” And again, the farmer said “Maybe”.

 

2o17 PHOTOGALLERY COMMING SOON … 🙂

 

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