As the new year is upon us, one can’t help but reflect on the past year staring back at them through a shining, glittering, mirror. It is a time of cliches and trite sayings as everyone scrambles to relive the era that is about to come to a close. But to each individual there is nothing trite about the things they say because they alone are the ones who lived in those wonderful moments and they are the ones who fought through the bad to get to where they are today.
For me, 2015 was certainly the year of adventures and the year of firsts. It was the year of party hats, face masks, photoshoots,and truly incredible friendships. It was the year I ran my first 5k, picked apples for the first time, donated 8 inches of my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths for the first time, we raised over $70,000 towards cancer research for the first time in the history of RIT’s Relay For Life, the first time I went to the Rochester Public Market, the first time I went to Musikfest in PA, and the first time I began to feel in control. It was the year of living with my best friends, of homecoming hockey games, of countless performances, of silly pictures, of beginning to live unapologetically. It will forever remain the year I changed my major and started down a path I’m truly passionate about and that I can see a future in. It was the year of hot chocolate, laughing until you cry, and the year of being in the moment.
One of the largest things about this year that I can only begin to reflect on is that it has been the beginning of stepping back and taking a look at life, to take moments for myself and taking the time I need. Learning to really live and not just do is a thing that everyone struggles with but if you can really harness truly living, then that is all you will ever need.
As I look forward into 2016 this is my one goal, live. Live in the moments and learn to embrace the small things we take for granted. Make memories and not just resume fillers. Read books. Soak up knowledge. Dance in the rain. But most of all, live life to the fullest.