Looking Back on Year 27

Prior to starting this adventure of trying new things and sharing them with others, the things that were happening in my life were not making an impact. I found myself standing still and just watching the days pass me by. Life went on, I grew older and yet everything still felt the same.

Over the past year, I have had some major changes, as well as some awesome adventures.  I move back to my parent’s house with my spouse and then out again. I went on a trip of a lifetime, skied for the first time in my life. I had the chance to dogsled through the mountains, hiked a path that I fear I would not get through. I white water rafted for the first time ever. I started a new job. I bought my own home. I did all these things and yet, I looked back and I thought to myself, “It all passed me by.”

After thinking this, I realized it wasn’t life that was passing me by like I always thought. It was me not seeing what I had accomplished. After this realization,  I I figured should look at the changes in my life from a different angle. Are there more things I want to try? YES. Did I accomplish everything I wanted to? NO. Am I happier than I was a year ago? YES!

The final question is the most important. And, what I have realized over this past year is that I have held myself accountable. Happiness is not something that is given to you. It is something that you make on your own. You can’t create happiness by dwelling on the things you didn’t accomplish or thought would have unfolded differently. One has to accept what they have accomplished and embraced it.

I had experienced a lot of amazing things this year. Most people cannot say the say; therefore, I am grateful and proud of how far I have come.

Now, onto another year of firsts with this Newbee.

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