Goodbye 2016: A Reflection

So I think I can speak for all of us when I say that 2016 was probably the biggest rollercoaster of a year that I’ve ever experienced.

So many wonderful things happened, as well as sad things. Not just in the media or around the world but also in my personal life.

I’m moving into 2017 without my uncle and grandad in my life. They both sadly passed away this year. My uncle after a very short fight against stage 4 lung cancer, and my grandad peacefully in his sleep. I was especially close with my grandad and I had never even thought about him not being around before the day he left this earth. I think about him every single day.

My bunny rabbit, Gus, who I had for 10 years passed away.

There has been so many heartbreaking things happen to the world this year. Including many celebrity deaths, terrorist attacks and natural disasters that have affected millions of people.

But in spite of all of these sad things that have happened, this year has also been full of wonderful things happening.

In my personal life, I’ve had 2 gorgeous and healthy baby cousins born, Parker and Belle.

I stopped worrying so much about what I look like and just started enjoying things. I don’t restrict myself on my diet anymore and I eat what makes me feel good. I have a much healthier and less obsessive relationship with my body.

I’ve started baking a lot which brings me a lot of joy.

I moved into my own home and became fully independent.

I have the most amazing and supportive family who have really been there for me whenever I needed it and I am so so grateful for that.

In the world we have had medical breakthroughs, tiger numbers have risen for the first time in a century, giant pandas are no longer endangered as well as so many other heartwarming stories from every corner of the globe.

This year has been full of so many highs and lows, and if there’s one thing 2016 has taught me is that, life goes on. No matter how hard or horrible the situation, time will pass and so will that thing.

Time will sew up the cracks in your heart left by sad situations, the stitches will always be there but you learn to live with them.

2017, here’s hoping you are full of joy and hope. (And lots and lots of pizza)

Happy new year everyone!

Until next time,

Emily x

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