As this year folds up on itself in preparation for long-term storage, I must create a top 10 list to wrap it up neatly. So here it is: the top 10 things I have learned this year...
1. Getting older is a good thing: I turned 35 this year, and though I am by-far not old yet, I am moving beyond (well beyond) my young adult-hood. I love being 35. I love the fact that people have finally stopped calling me a baby. I love that my kids understand that I am older than them now. I appreciate that my age alone seems to demand respect... and sometimes I do too!
2. Getting older is a hard thing: I know more people who have been or are currently struggling through divorce, cancer and other debilitating illnesses. It makes me more aware that most things in life are very temporary. I also wake up with back pain more often than not... it's like I am getting older or something.
3. No one else is going to make me feel good about myself. Only God can do that, if I let HIM. I am learning the long-involved process of self-acceptance. If God made me fabulous, than it must be true!! (Just repeat that to myself 10 times a day).
4. Not everyone has to like me. That should be okay. Everyone is in a different part of their journey, and the reality is that I don't always like me, so I guess I shouldn't expect every single other person on the planet to like me... it's just not the way the world works.
5. Being a peacemaker doesn't mean that everything is instantly perfectly peaceful, but it really changes my perspective in less than peaceful circumstances.
6. Forgiveness is a process and isn't "done" over night. You have to keep working at it.
7. Becoming beautiful inside and out is also a process, which is a little bit painful... but so worth it!
8. Just when you think you've got it all figured out as a parent (because that happens all the time... right?), your kid enters a new phase and you feel like banging your head on the wall. Luckily, you have more time... for NOW.
9. Life is hard, but God is present. This year has been a year for struggles for those around me (and on the National scale)... God has been teaching me to look for Him in the midst of the dark places.
10. The only person who limits me is me. I mean it. The only person who has the power to limit me, IS ME. I need to knock it off.
Happy New Year Bloggy land! I was on vacation with my family and I just got a new computer and it has taken me a while to get it up and running... which is why I have been so quiet. Looking forward to a great year writing!
What about YOU? What has been a valuable or hard lesson you've learned this year?