I know you thought I wouldn’t show up. Don’t think about it; just give me a hug!
Last year was beautiful and I’m not saying this because I feel lucky enough to have seen a new year. It’s true because since I became an adult, I haven’t experienced an age or time in which I had to take absolute responsibility of things around me. I was an independent adult facing life in its barest form.
I had real hard times; not the kind you face because they are a family burden but the kind that become all yours and no one’s. I had choices dance before my eyes, each teasing me with its pros and scaring me with its cons. I was the wind; heavy and dark one some days and light and fast on others.
Above all, I LEARNED TO TRUST GOD ABSOLUTELY AND IN RETURN HE TAUGHT ME THE TRUE MEANING OF JOY. I LEARNED THAT EACH ASPECT OF MY LIFE IS A JIGSAW PUZZLE LYING ON MY FATHER’S LAPS GRADUALLY BECOMING THE PICTURE HE HAS IN HIS HAND. I LEARNED THE TRUE MEANING OF JOY AND NOW, NOTHING CAN STEAL THAT FROM ME.
I faced a lot of challenges but unlike other years, I was joyful and completely at peace and although not all plans came through, the best of Him through me came to life. In as few words as I can manage, here’s my tale of triumph:
- I learned to listen to the word and became closer to God.
- I kept the best of friends and learned not to underestimate the power of positive energy around you.
- Nobody in my family was hospitalized; that hasn’t happened in a while so it’s a mind-blowing milestone.
- I found favor with people.
- Love came my way...I eventually let it go but I found beautiful moments and made memories of them… And it’ll be waiting at the next junction so spare me the “aww”
- I got admitted to a master’s program and a top school in the U.K.
- I got a great job in a multinational. (“Great” here is a synonym for stressful and nomadic in nature lol)
- I led the choir in church.
- I spent a night on the beach…you think you’ve seen it all until the sea sings you to sleep.
- I bought new shoes and clothes and fabrics. What? Don’t you know some people are naked?
- I wrote more beautiful pieces, stretching myself to uncover more deep and amazing parts of myself.
- I ventured into spoken word; I entered into a talent competition, did a few of my pieces and came second. Anyway, the gist is that you can now call me “a spoken word artist.”
- I got extra piercings on my ears and learned to love fura di nono. I hope I got that right.
- I reunited with one of my best friends and then made some new ones.
- God answered one of my prayers with a miracle for the family. Ehen? Must you know everything?
- I finally bought a brand new Nikon D Series camera. Thanks to Jumia on black Friday, we can finally get around to that Youtube channel and blog expansion. Please help me beg work to give me a break now and then.
- I took a decision to become the “Proverbs 31” woman and to love the “1 Cor 13” way. Without all that last year brought my way, I may not be on this journey right now.
Happy New Year my lovelies. You were an amazing part of my 2015 and I hope we all stay strong, loving and helping each other grow. This year is for miracles and the nature of God shining through us. Make the best of it and do not hesitate to be super amazing with no apologies.
Take every moment and create at least a fraction of your dream out of it.
Take every person and create a friend out of him/her.
Take all that you are and create a reflection of God on earth.
Lace every deed with a drop of eternity; something beautiful that someone somewhere will never forget.