What I Learned in 2018

It’s been one of the homiest and most challenging years of my life.

I learned everything is always evolving. Knowledge. Relationship. People. Technology… though some remain.

I learned to love. That compromise comes after effort. Arguments; they make you stronger. The best ones? They make you laugh so hard through your tears.

I learned vulnerability is the essence of friendship, the key to understanding and developing all relationships. Some shut you down, others hold your hands and bring you along in their very own adventures.

I learned family will always be there for you. No matter the distance – geographically or physically. Even so, they shouldn’t be taken for granted.

I learned to feed my curiosity, to ask questions that add to me as a person and to my knowledge. To doubt myself and try new things anyway. To appreciate the push, the occasional nudge, and the opportunities that may not knock twice.

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I learned that everyone starts from the bottom. Jeff Bezos. Arianna Huffington. You, and I. That people grow to accept themselves, good and bad.

I learned to share my gift. Writing, food, photography, laughter. When I do, it feels like strangers are reading my diary – nervous yet exciting. I feel relieved knowing I get to share a part of me; to transform them into blossoming friendships.

I learned social detox is paramount for my mental health. To make sure I'm happy in real life not just for the internet, to stay present, and to take care of the most important person I need to be able to count on.

Me.

Image source:  Toa Heftiba