2018: thank u, next

2019 is so close, it’s almost touching my fingertips. 2018 was a year of many ups and downs, and I have nothing to say other than that I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad that the year that basically tore me apart, leaving me in pieces, is finally over.

2018 was the wildest and longest year I think I’ve ever experienced. I’m thankful for everything but I’m so glad it’s (almost) over now.

A list of good things that happened to me in 2018:

→ I started my senior year of high school. The last year I will ever have to sit through 8 hours of class in a row. Too many bittersweet moments to remember.

→ I turned 18. A weird turning point in my life, like I’m finally legal but it doesn’t feel like it since I’m still a senior in high school.

→ I got the Vickery Internship at The Salem News. I cried when I found out, not going to lie. I was hoping and praying that I would get it, and whenever I found out that I did, I ran and jumped around like a little toddler.

→ I got my first tattoo. A weird adult thing, not having to get a permission slip signed to get something permanently inked onto my body. (Sorry mama, you still don’t know about it).

→ I drove all the way to Dallas, Texas by myself. Driving 9 hours straight by yourself is a whole different experience in itself, I got too annoyed with myself, but it was still a good time.

→ I went to the beach for the second time ever. This summer my family and I made the too long drive to Gulf Shores, Alabama, where we spent a week. The beach is different than the river, and I like it so much more.

→ I met some of the greatest people in my life, and reconnected with some. That’s almost self-explanatory, but I’m so thankful for all the friends I made in 2018, they honestly helped me keep my shit together the most.

→ I became completely okay and accepting of my sexuality. This year was the first year that I went to a pride parade, and let me tell you, I’ve never felt more welcomed at one place. This year I became completely okay with the fact that I’m bisexual, coming out to friends and family. Even though I thought I was in the years prior, 2018 really made me realize that I am truly in love with girls and guys. and that’s okay.

With all the bad things that happened in 2018, also comes focusing on the good. I’m not going to linger on the bad things, because they don’t matter as much as the good things do.

Summer of 2018 was honestly the best summer of my entire life, I worked my butt off while still maintaining a really good social life, somehow. I finally knew what it felt like to have a stable group of friends that were there for me whenever I needed them to be, and gave me space when I needed it also. I went on two vacations, one that I paid for all by myself, and the other spent with family I rarely get to see.

I’m ready to experience all the good things 2019 has for me. And I’m praying that it’s so much better than 2018 was.

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