Today, I turn twenty-four.
My twenty-third year was emotionally and physically taxing. To name a few situations I faced, for most of the year, my grandfather was ill and I helped my grandma take care of him and hold things down at home until he passed away in August. I started the year with several doctor’s appointments, then had surgery in June (It wasn’t for anything terrible, don’t worry). I’ve also been in a year-long job search that’s caused me to experience every emotion between excitement and disappointment. I spent too much time this year feeling like a failure for not accomplishing everything I wanted by this age and for putting my blog on hold after I worked hard in 2014-2015 to update regularly.
When I’m going through a difficult time, I have a tendency to dwell on everything that’s going wrong and overlook the positive things. I know I’ve done too much complaining this year, even calling this the worst year of my life on several occasions. My family and friends have had to hear it all and I feel awful about that. Two days ago, I saw a viral Tumblr post that challenged users to reblog (repost) it on their own blogs and add something good that happened to them in 2016. Inspired by that post, I’ve challenged myself to name twenty-four good things about my twenty-third year. I recommend listening to “Twenty-Four” by Switchfoot while you read, which I’ve linked above.
- My highlight of the year was seeing my favorite band, Pearl Jam, play in my hometown. During “Rocking in the Free World,” Eddie Vedder pointed to me and threw me a tambourine from the stage.
2. I finally had the opportunity to get a Pearl Jam Fan Portrait taken by the lovely Tanya Kang.
3. Though it was painful at times, I’m grateful that I could be with my grandfather in his last months of life.