Even though this year has been a ride filled with major downs, setbacks, and uneven terrain, looking back at 2020 as we fast approach the end of the year, I can’t help but feel thankful for the people I’ve met so far.
It’s always amazing when you can look back at something and realize why it happened and how thankful you are that it happened that way. I believe this to be the lesson in all things, when we can look back at people or situations and realize that they had to unfold that way because it was, and always will be, for the better.
Lessons are painful, and they do cause what is best described as “crashing down tower moments”, but from the ruins, we can always rebuild a stronger foundation. This year I am thankful for those who have helped me build and rebuild my foundations.
I’m thankful for the ones who shook them to the ground too because I needed both. Most of us need both because the ones who break us and shake us only make us stronger for the future and give way to the ones that help heal and mend us on our journey ahead.
Don’t cling to the idea that when something falls apart or doesn’t work out the way you’d hope it would, it’s for the worst. Embrace the tower moments and the people that cause them, just as you need to embrace the people who stand by you during and mend you through these moments.
We all know that the future is not always full of bliss and joy, but it is undoubtedly more blissful thanks to the people you’ve met on the journey you’ve made—the friends you’ve lost, the gems you’ve met, the struggles you’ve faced, and the triumphs that still lie ahead.
I can’t help but smile when I think about all the good stuff that still lies ahead and all the memories that will come with it—the trips I still have to take, the letters I still need to post, the poems I still have to write and the love I still have to give.
We do have so much to be grateful for, and it’s like the saying goes, it gets worse before it gets better, because clouds do have silver linings, and at some point, the negatives need to outweighed with the positives. These are the laws of the universe, and after every storm, there is a calmness. The key is to be patient and have faith that that calmness will come.
So here’s to the ones that heal us and make us feel less lonely and more lovely. The ones we love, the ones we wake up next to, and the ones who make us laugh so hard we forget for a moment that we’ve ever felt an ounce of sadness in our lives.
Here’s to them, the ones that heal us, and here’s to you!