15 Things I’ve Learned in 2015

Hello New Year, we meet again. Coming full of empty promises, the New Year never seems to lack in inspiration. Before I jump in, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the wild year of 2015. So with that, here is my list of 15 things I’ve learned in 2015.

  1. I actually learned French.  My family argues against this one, but it’s the truth. I spent each semester of college, plus the entire summer devoted to learning French, and, boy, did it ever pay off.
  2. I learned how to accept myself.  This one is a work in progress, of course, but through lots of yoga, meditation, therapy, and friends, I’m on the path towards accepting myself.
  3. I learned that I need to give myself credit. I have a tendency to brush off anything I do, and even though I still do this, it’s something I’m actively working on. Acknowledging the fact that you are doing great things is very important to living a fulfilled life.
  4. I learned that people who care too much get their hearts broken. Yes this sounds melodramatic, but hear me out. It’s not a bad thing. You pull yourself back together, probably with a lot of help, you get stronger, and you move on to your next mission in life.
  5. I learned that it’s okay to be a homebody. Not every moment of your life has to be extraordinary. Your life is extraordinary not because of how you fill every moment, but because of the big picture. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do, remember that.
  6.  I learned that sometimes taking a leap of faith is necessary. Honestly, most people hearing my story of the year think that the craziest part of my summer was hopping on a plane to Montréal to take a class I knew nothing about, but it was really working at camp. You can read all about my terror and excitement here.
  7. I learned to savor what you eat. I’ll be upfront with you, when I get anxious, I can’t eat. It is what it is, and it’s not healthy. I have a much greater appreciation for food after a year of extreme challenges in being able to eat it.
  8. I learned that even though appearances aren’t everything, they do get you somewhere. Being overdressed isn’t normally possible to me. I like wearing what I want when I want. I’m conscious of the dress code and there are many instances where you have to dress simply and fit in.
  9. I learned how to live simply. In New York City, we were required to live with the bare minimum and realize what is important. We were to focus on the service at hand and be the most empathetic we could possibly be.
  10. I learned how to be more accepting. I like the think I’ve always been accepting, but I’ve been thrown into so many new places with so many new people from different backgrounds. I’ve learned so much from all of them and each time I am better in the next situation.
  11. I learned how to teach. I honestly never thought I could adore teaching the way I did. I’m not changing to be the next greatest high school teacher, but it’s a skill I’ve learned and learned to love.
  12. I learned how to be okay, even when everything is not. No, life is not always just fine, but fake it till you make it has become my new life motto. You are okay, even when you are not okay. You can cry and be sad all while still remember that you are strong and capable.
  13. I learned how to be my own best friend. Sometimes, the only one there for you is yourself. Sometimes, even when you’re surrounded by people who love you, you are still alone. I learned to do more for myself and be okay with who I am.
  14. I learned that you need to rely on other people sometimes. All of that said, you need to know when you can’t do it alone, and when to ask others for help. Help is out there for those who seek it.
  15. I learned that if I can get through this year, I am ready for whatever life throws at me. 

 

Cheers to the New Year!

Leah

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