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New Year, better me

Posted: January 25, 2018 4:08 p.m.
Updated: January 26, 2018 1:00 a.m.

It is finally 2018! It took us a while to get here, but we finally made it. 

It can be scary to start a new year, especially if you told yourself you would change. I slowly entered this year with a deep and meaningful prayer. Most people like to make the famous “New Year’s resolutions.” It could either be to lose weight, enjoy life more, or whatever you can think of. Just remember you can do it if you put your mind to it. As Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”   

My resolution I have chosen to do is different, and it is going to be extremely difficult, but I told myself I would do something new every single day for the whole year. I plan to spread my testimony, travel more, meet new people, plan new adventures with my friends and get a taste of life outside of Kershaw County. Life has so much more to offer us than just a trip to Bojangles every other night or a good Sunday meal at the 521 Filling Station. Although I love those places, I also love to try new things. 

Some people may not agree with me on trying new things, but this is life and life isn’t perfect. Things will change and that’s OK. I want to challenge you to step outside of your comfort box. It doesn’t have to be food, or something bold; it could simply be sending someone you haven’t talked to in a while a text, or maybe even a letter. 

Maybe this year is about focusing all on you. Your body needs regular breaks from pleasing people -- I’ve learned from experience. Basically, what I am saying is get out there and be who you want to be. Do not change yourself for anyone and remember they shouldn’t have to change for you to like them. 

For some time, I didn’t know exactly how to do this. Finally, in 2016 I learned my lesson and became the person I am today. Realizing I have to actually put myself first sometimes helped a lot with my self-esteem. Not everyone is perfect and that’s just the way God made us. In his eyes our imperfections are his masterpieces. I keep a smile on my face, and I strive to keep the people close to me the same way. There is so much hate in the world, and no matter what, we cannot get away from it, but as long as we keep our heads up and continue to smile, we can all get through. 

One of my favorite quotes from the Bible is “No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide a way out so that you may be able to bear it,” 1 Corinthians 10:13. So, I am going to accept the things that I cannot change because I know that I will be able to bear them, and I am also going to experience life this year like I never have before.

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