You have been my fair-weather friend that's taught me so much, administering tough love when necessary and revealing unexpected victories. You've been the most interesting year that I've known thus far in my short 22 years, and I will always remember you with fondness. Why not take a trip down memory lane? Under your reign, you've taught me:
I'm an incredibly oversensitive girl. Things that other people would normally brush off nag at me for days and weeks to come. I've always tried to ignore how I feel after being hurt, but I've learned this year that experiencing the hurt is not the issue. From every scar or stumble, it's all in your recovery. I've learned to accept my feelings in reacting to a situation, but I can control the next step I take. I choose to heal, and be powerful.
I never saw myself having 6 internships under my belt, and a presidency by the year's conclusion. I had the most wonderful opportunity to serve as the president for the most wonderful student organization - my school's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America - and I can't begin to explain what I learned from it. I learned that I'm capable of so much more than I ever could've imagined. Power is relative for this simple reason: Each of us can surprise ourselves by (1) how much we can handle, (2) what pressure we are capable of wading through and (3)what tasks we can accomplish. Whether that means leading a team of ten people consistently or even just keeping a positive disposition at your job.
Change rattles me. In general. I feel most comfortable when I have a set schedule. So, when things in my life take a different course, I become unsettled and doubt myself constantly. There's much truth to the saying: the only thing constant in life is change. The irony. The only thing we can count on staying the same is that nothing will ever stay the same. Change has a direct correlation to growth - so by staying in the same place, we are not learning and evolving as people. 2014 has taught me to be comfortable with the uncomfortable, because we live in a fast and exciting time.