2020 has been a roller coaster for me, as I’m sure it’s been for many other people. Moving out of my home at just 18, leaving a 4 year long relationship and starting my first corporate job. I keep thinking to myself how much this year has hurt, and how much I’ve struggled. I talked about this to my Buddhist friend, Charlie. He told me that through suffering, we will find happiness. I was stuck on this thought for a long while. Where was my happiness through this struggling? After many nights of tears, anger and deleting all of my social media it struck me. Although this year has hurt me more than many years prior, I have learnt so many valuable things. I keep basing how bad my year has been from how much I’ve been hurt, and not how much I’ve accomplished. Escaping an abusive relationship, escaping my old home, creating a home for myself where I can truely feel safe and comfortable. Through my struggling I’ve learnt so many important lessons. Life isn’t a race to be rich or important, nor is it a place where I must have acceptance to be happy. I am as I am. You are as you are. Thank you 2020, you’re the kick up the bum I’ve needed to find true happiness.
- Bunny, 18