Reflections on the year that has been with no regrets

Luis Bahena

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As I look back to the year that has been I can’t help to be unbelievably thankful that the year is almost over. Just a few more weeks until the New Year celebrations begin and I am uber excited.

I know that things such as bills, work, school (my single status), will remain the same with the coming new year. But I can’t help but feel a sense of renewal whenever the New Year approaches.

I see it as a chance of starting anew, an opportunity to do things differently and to try new things. I’m very aware that the slate isn’t swiped clean, but just having the idea of a do-over gives me some comfort.
I feel as if I get to do another January but only do it differently than the year before. Perhaps with less mistakes and a little more fun.

The New Year also makes me reflect and look back. I’m the type of person that doesn’t look back, I try to move forward, but the beginning of a New Year forces me to look back just once and begin to look at what I could do differently.

We all make mistakes, but I am a strong believer that one should learn from those mistakes. I try not to make the same mistake twice, however, in the end, I am human and “to err is human.”

I know I made many mistakes this year, some of which the repercussions of those mistakes will be with me for years to come, but I wouldn’t change a thing if I was somehow magically given the chance.

I learned from those mistakes and they have changed me in many different ways: emotionally, mentally, my perspective and point of view and even some physical changes were made.

There’s always good to every year and with the good comes the bad. What one decides to focus on is entirely up to the individual. I for one choose to look at both.

I have to look at the good that I did this year and the good that happened to me as well as the bad. From there, I can pick this and that from the year that has passed and choose what to apply to the next year and what to change.

Regardless of the year that has been, I am so thankful for it. So much good and so much bad has happened that I leave it a much stronger person.

I’m thankful for my optimism and positive attitude, my will to go on when others would’ve given up, my emotional strength and wisdom, and the amazing friends in my life that have been there for me when I needed them.

As I write these words there’s a sense of nostalgia and whimsy that I can’t help but smile as I look back at everything. The music, the troubles and tribulations, the friends and nights out, the arguments and bickering, the hardships and the good times, the overall ying and yang of the year that has passed.

Yes, as the year ends there’s a sense of fun and excitement, but also a sense of mourning. Looking back, I feel confident that I have no regrets in the things that I have done. I have learned so much that I can’t help to feel excited for the year to come.

Thanks you everyone for reading and my best wishes to all in the transition to the New Year.

It’s been a ride, but it’s time to get off from this one and move on to the next one.

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