2015 — What a wonderful year it’s been

So it’s 9:37pm and there are approximately 2.5 hours left of 2015, one of the best years of my life. I feel like I say this every year but maybe that’s what makes life so interesting. We have vastly different experiences as we grow from year to year, we think and worry about different things, we also develop our identity and realise our self-worth. This year, being my last year at RGS, I had a lot of things I wanted to do: I wanted to be fitter/thinner, I wanted to get good grades, I wanted to grow in my faith. As I think about 2016, I realise that my aspirations stayed pretty much the same. I may not have succeded in the fitness department, I may not have done as well as I would have liked and I definitely still have a long way to go as a Christian, but there’s a part of me that realizes how I have matured over the year, how the numerous challenges I faced this year have shaped me into a better person. I’m grateful for the hardships and failures that I went through, but even more for the many people who stayed by my side through it all. From sad times like SYF I learnt that failure was necessary for success; from eye-opening experiences during mission trip I saw God’s miraculous work first hand; from new and precious opportunities I had a taste of what it was like to work with professional editors and discovered how I would like to pursue my dreams; from my first proper part time job I learnt how tiring it was to keep smiling at customers (while making sandwiches for them). This year I learnt a lot about friendship and the importance of having friends I can be comfortable around. I don’t need to be super popular, I just need to be myself, and I’m thankful for the special friends around me who love me for who I am.

It’s been a fruitful year, and I hope it’s been the same for you. Blessed New Year!