A mini reflection of 2017

There are just under three weeks left of 2017 and thank goodness, this year will not be missed. 2017 has been confusing and a real learning curve. Looking back, this time last year I was in a pretty happy place, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do in 2017, I had it all planned out. As we came into 2017 I was excited and happy, I was feeling positive, I knew that this was going to be my year (I guess we all say that).

And Damn! A lot has happened in 2017. This year was definitely not what I imagined. A lot of unexpected things happened (which I never saw coming). Yes, I’ve learnt a lot, I met some pretty incredible people, I’ve grown closer to a lot of people and I also lost a lot of people, people who I never imagined losing.  Some of the lessons 2017 taught me:

“People aren’t permanent”

“The one thing certain in life is death”

“Expect the unexpected”

“It’s okay to not be okay”.

A part of me wishes that I could go back to this time last year when everything was ‘Okay’. Who knew graduate life would be so hard? But, this year has taught me a lot, you can’t get what you want in life, I guess sometimes you can’t always choose your cards. I’ve learnt that for whatever you want in life you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone and things have to change. There is nothing you can do about that. I guess you have to go out and do the things you don’t want to do, you can’t always stay comfortable and in that one place forever because… that’s not the way forward.

I’m ready for what 2018 throws at me, I think I’ve proved in 2017 that I can handle pretty much anything that life throws at me.

Mariam x