For a good part of 2018, I was in a dark and broken place. I lost people that meant the world to me, I was asked to leave the place where I spent the last 15 years of my life and I battled for so long my own personal demons and insecurities. What doesn't kill us, certainly makes us stronger.
I allowed anxiety and doubt to control my actions.
One thing that this year has taught me though is that sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there...to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become.
And sometimes things happen to you at the time that may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection, you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would never realize your potential, strength, will power or heart.
2018 was one of these years.
But everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of luck. Illness, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.
Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. And honestly, who wants that in their life? It certainly makes life more exciting!
The people you meet also affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create whom you are, and the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because they have helped you in your journey, even if you don't see it now, one day you will.
If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but also because they are teaching you to love and open your heart and eyes to little things. Make every day count. Appreciate everything that you possibly can, for you may never experience it again.
You aren't coming back. We should always live life like that!
I mean if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you. Create your own life and then go out and live it. Playing small only hurts yourself.
I have learned so much from what 2018 threw at me. Don't let past mistakes stop you or define who you are. Yeah, I f**ked up plenty of times and made many mistakes. But from that, I've learned many invaluable lessons that have helped me to grow.
If you aren't growing, you aren't living!
So 2018, I now bid you farewell. I have made my peace with myself and I'm ready to rock in 2019! Bring on the new year! Can't wait to see what's in store for all of us.
Thank you to the WA family for welcoming me with open arms. Looking forward to a successful year ahead. So happy to be here.
Happy New Year everyone!