2013 brought me new experiences, many of which I never thought I would have the chance to experience. I moved 2,000 miles away from where I was born and raised to attend college in a state where I knew no one. I worked hard, gained new skills, finished my first semester of college after surviving classes and finals, traveled to new places, and most of all, learned to depend on God more fully than I ever thought possible.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” -Ecclesiastes 3:11.
As expected, moving was difficult. I got homesick for more than just home; I missed my family, my friends, my dog, the constant exposure to nature, as well the general comforts of home (also known as having my own personal space and home-cooked food prepared specially for me whenever I want). I missed being able to drive somewhere when I needed to. Although the experience was rough, with the continual support of the Word and my wonderful community at my university the adjustment taught me lessons that have made me better and not bitter.
I continually thank the Lord for giving me the strength to push through the more difficult times. When I felt like transferring schools or giving up on some incredible things that I carried with simply because they were difficult, the promises of brighter days made it easier to have faith in all beautiful things that were to come.
Highlights of 2013 include: many days of skiing beautiful snow, graduating from high school, being accepted into, enrolling and attending the greatest school in the South, visiting Washington DC for the first time, joining a sorority full of incredible sisters, new exposure to absolutely incredible nature, spending a week in Mexico to serve families in need, another week in Mexico on a cruise to experience the beauty of the country with friends, and the most important highlight, I experienced God’s grace in immeasurable amounts. I can only pray that my life will continue to be blessed the way it has been.
Although many lessons have been learned, one that still escapes me is how to focus on one interest long enough to hone my skills to something that nears impressive. Instead, I move fickly from subject to subject; some of 2013’s included Chopin’s Waltz in A Minor (which I was incredibly proud to be able to play with stumbling all the way through), yoga, art history, snorkeling, traveling, sewing, fashion, various musical artists (most recently Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac, George Gershwin, Doc Watson, Johnny Cash, Luciano Pavarotti, Led Zeppelin, Public Enemy, Austrian folk music, and the list goes on), digital photography, and interior design. The beauty of being an eighteen year old is that I have all the time in the world to waste on things that won’t have an impact on my life.
Thank you, 2013, for some amazing experiences. I am sad to see you go, but the excitement for a new year overwhelms me. So, as once said an ample number of times by a team of comedic geniuses, “now for something completely different”…