What I Learned In 2014

I’m not the same person I was at the beginning of this year, and I’m very okay with that. Time and circumstances have changed the way I view everything around me. I’ve been writing in a one-sentence journal now for the past almost two years. Even though I don’t write much on any given day, I write enough to remember a lot.

I’ve struggled a lot to make my own decisions in the past, but over the last year I’ve become my own person. Even though it often still takes me a while to come to a conclusion, I’ve learned to think for myself.

Here are just a few things I learned this year:

People can “be there” without being physically present. Some people stick around without sticking around. You don’t have to talk to people every single day in order to consider them your friends. There are some friends that live too far away for that or have very different schedules, but they’ll still be there for you if you call. It’s just important to know the difference between those friends and the ones that are actually gone.

Popularity is an illusion. People see each other whichever way they want to. Especially with social media, the perception of popularity can get very confusing. I’ve learned it’s better to have one or two real friends than to have fifty acquaintances, though, and not worry so much what people think about my social life.

Alone time is an essential part of life. If I never spent any time by myself, I would probably go crazy. As important as it is to spend time with friends and family, I’ve also learned I need to take care of myself. Otherwise, I’ll be too drained to help anyone else out when the time comes.

 No matter what, I’ve learned that I need to decide things for myself. I need to be my own person. I know there’s no dramatic change that comes at the beginning of a new year. But sometimes it’s okay to create that change.

Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is great for you.

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