Tuesday, December 31, 2013

dear 2013


Dear 2013,

Man, you were tough. You really were. Not cool.

But we handled it like champions. I was an exhausted champion, but a champion nonetheless. There were days where I hung up my boxing glove at the end of the night and wasn't sure if I could wake up and do it again the next day. But I did. I am stronger because of you, 2013, and I owe you for that. I am kinder. I am more empathetic. I am a better parent.

I understand that life can't be rushed. I am more patient now. I understand that I don't get to control everything. Frankly, I control next to nothing. But I can have faith. And faith and hope are two of the most empowering things in this world. I believed that before. I know that now.

I learned that good friends are few and far between. Kind friends. Friends who will listen and not judge. Friends who are there when you need them. Friends who simply say, "you're doing a good job" and mean it. I am lucky to have good friends. I am blessed.

I'm excited for 2014. I'm excited to embark on new adventures, meet new people, visit family. Family is everything. My family is the bees-knees. End of story.

You taught me a lot, 2013, but I'm afraid it's time for you to go. You've outstayed your welcome and If you don't go now I'm afraid we won't be able to stay friends.

So git, ya rascal. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Alyssa