This time last year Luke & I had packed up everything and moved from Newcastle. Throughout the year I’ve met new people, tried new things, saw some of my favourite bands live, said ‘yes’ more, picked up new habits, rekindled my love for drawing, started blogging again, went to two weddings, and attended a funeral.
There have been a couple of things that have really stood out to me this year and have shifted and shaped my perspective just in time for the new year.
Two days before Christmas I attended a funeral for a girl my age. It really made me realise how fleeting and precious time is and to not take people for granted. And to focus on the things, and more importantly the people that make me happy. A couple of months ago I had a falling out with a friend, over something on my part that was not something to end a friendship over. However, part of growing up and evolving is taking responsibility for things that happen. And I do.
The other stand out thing to happen to me this year was a little bit of advice a very lovely lady passed on to me. She told me, and as simple as it sounds, you can’t make anybody feel a certain way. I didn’t make my friend react the way she did, and only after being given this advice was I able to put things into perspective. People change, and they out grow each other, there is nothing wrong with that. Even though it has been a couple of months since we have spoken as friends, I wish her all the love and happiness conceivable, and hope that one day if opportunities haven’t eluded us, we can hang like home dawgs again.
My 2012 resolution is to focus on the things that make me happy. And to not waste time on things that simply will not matter six months from now.
Happy new year!