Dear Diary. It's my birthday today. And in celebration of that, I like to write this personal note on my previous year as a 22-year old.
I feel like it is an unwritten to tell you that a lot has happened during this year. 22 was definitely a turbulent year for me. Starting with a break-up on my 22nd birthday, and ending it with me moving to a different continent to pursue the American Dream: You can safely say I've experienced a lot this past year. I had to fill quite some diaries to be able to process these events.
I believe that you can learn from every event that occurs in our life. Every fortunate or unfortunate event is a life lesson. Usually these life lessons creep up on you like those unexpected messages from people we haven't talked to in 3,5 years.
I believe that you can learn from every event that occurs in our life. Every fortunate or unfortunate event is a life lesson. Usually these life lessons creep up on you like those unexpected messages from people we haven't talked to in 3,5 years. That out of the blue "Hey how are you" makes you remember the past and realize how different it is from the present all at once.
Understanding these life lessons doesn't happen overnight. Growth is a slow process. You usually don't feel the change happening in the moment itself, until you reach a certain point in life. You look back at the person that you once were, realizing that the person that is currently 'you' has nothing in common with the person 'you' were a year ago. You only share the same name and history.
When I look back at my year as a 22-year old, I definitely feel like I have changed into a different person completely. It's like the only thing I have in common with the Lilia one year ago is our shared existence; the essence that I once considered as my character has now blossomed into a different type of Lily.
I have learned that the most precious gift in life is time. I have learned that a beautiful soul is priceless. I have learned that being caring, emotional and 'soft' is okay - you do not have to be 'cool and careless'. I have learned that if people do not treat you with kindness and respect, they are not worth your energy. I have learned that life is about the ups, and definitely also the downs. I have learned that nothing can stop me. I have learned to believe in myself, my dreams and ambitions - even if they do not fit into a stereotypical vision. I have learned your support made all this possible. And I want to thank you for that. Cheers to my 23rd birthday. Let's celebrate it together and make this year an even better one.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT THIS YEAR. HOPE TO COUNT ON YOU THIS YEAR AS WELL!