This comes a tad late. But yea I turned 24 a few days ago. Finally, I’m no longer labelled as a odd transitory prime-numbered 23-year old.
In retrospect however, 23 was an unexpectedly fruitful, empowering, scary and amazing year for me. After mending a broken heart the previous year, 23 I decided, was the year I was going to finally take control and ownership of my life – no more making excuses for myself, wallowing in my silly self-pity; to fight for the things I want to accomplish; and to be accountable, responsible and follow-through everything (to be a woman of my word and being genuine).
It started off with deciding to fulfill my mission of getting my Grade 8 Classical Guitar Cert.
Then Weekly Swimming and Cycling.
I plucked up the courage to join a church ministry to serve in despite knowing how tough it’d be, not knowing anyone from my parish and not knowing anything about church ministries at all (I left when I was 15 but slowly “integrated” when I was 19).
I took up parkour. Finally.
I met passionate, talented and positive people (M, D, J who are awesome guitarists/singers/drummers) and reconnected with old friends who’ve graduated from uni overseas. Became closer with awesome, genuine, smart colleagues as well who I now consider as great friends. Albeit I’ve had to part with a few close friends who decided to venture abroad I know we’ll still keep in touch and help each other out through the good times and bad. 🙂 I got rid of negative nuggets who brought out the demons in me.
It was a challenging, stressful and interesting year that forced me to face and deal with my inner demons; empowered me with many valuable opportunities to develop myself professionally, spiritually and musically; made me realize that I’m stronger than I really think I am.
The moment I turned 24, I knew “I’ve got this”. My life is beautiful despite all that’s happened and I wouldn’t be who I am without the risks I’ve taken, the mistakes I’ve made, the people I’ve met, the challenges I’ve trudged through and the God I’ve always struggled to understand and love.
The road ahead will not be easy. So I’m gonna list down some lessons I’ve learnt the past year that have kept me going. And I just hope that perhaps it’d touch someone our there.
- Surround yourself with loving, passionate and positive people who challenge you yet love you the way you are.
- Make “friends” with your insecurities. In fact, embrace them!
- It’s okay to be not okay.
- Aim for growth, not perfection.
- Aim to give a little piece of heaven to everyone.
- Give no f*** and take no shit from people.
- Seek ye first the Kingdom of God.
Looking at the road ahead, I guess I gotta work on feeling worthy, embracing my gifts and continue being courageous :).
But lastly, I’m very thankful for the amazing family I have for sticking through this year with me and for shaping me into the young lady I am. You’re all flawed and human but that’s what makes each and every one of you so beautiful – that despite your flaws and missteps you continue trudging through everything that comes your way.
And Happy 24th to me!
-geninkmy aka theguitarchickk