Inspired by Beth Norton's post, I thought I'd note down some things that I've realised this year (who'd have thought Kylie Jenner could predict how we'd all be feeling right now). It's been a long 10+ months, that have somehow still manage to flash right by us, but a lot has happened, and as always, I, and I'm sure you, too, am feeling rather different to how I did at the beginning of the year. Here's 10 things I've realised throughout 2016.
1. Happiness is hard. As children, we'd never have thought it would be something we had to work towards, and quite frankly, work really damn hard for; but I guess life is painful and it can be very difficult to see the light sometimes.
2. But, the light is always there. No matter how much we struggle to see it, there are so many things to be happy about, even if we have to make a big effort to decipher those things.
3. Having a full time job would be much easier for me than uni, as much as I've been loving my course this year in particular. And I'm quite looking forward to starting one.
4. The world is a beautiful place and I wish for nothing more than for everyone to care for it. Nature has always been the strongest force on the planet, and we need to take care to preserve it rather than letting it waste away, because it will.
5. Democracy is both a blessing and a bit of a curse. I'm not sure if the general public should be deemed qualified to make major decisions about countries' endeavours, but at the same time we'd live in a dictatorship of kinds if we couldn't vote on such things. In short, politics is a massive double-edged sword and probably always will be.
6. Just because other people don't always make an effort to see you, doesn't mean they don't want to, and it's no reason for you to stop making plans with them. We're all busy. We all get it.
7. There will never be enough hours in the day, so it's important to lay out your priorities before making commitments.
8. Death and suffering will always be around you and will always be hard, but you should never let it stop you from living your best life.
9. It's really important to look after your body and to protect your health. As much as you think you don't have the time to, it's better to make that time than to allow yourself to get so ill it takes a long stretch of time to fully recover. Listen to your body and take time out.
10. Life is always going to feel exhausting, but every now and again you realise it really is worth it, for many more reasons than you might think.
Until next time.