I’m not sure how to preface a post such as this. Let’s face it: The more time we spend on earth, the more we realize we don’t really know. Enjoy this sporadic list of things I didn’t know/know very well until this past year. I’m turning 22 in a few weeks, so I kept the list to 22 things. Enjoy! And comment below if you can relate or have wisdom to share.
- You can’t put foil in the microwave.
- You can choose to have joy even when life isn’t pure bliss. That doesn’t mean you are are okay with it.
- It is possible to truly love a body that isn’t what society (or the running world) deems perfect.
- When you “grow up,” your siblings become an incredible nuisance, your best friends or both 🙂
- If you shut friends out when you are hurting, it denies you both one of the most beautiful aspects of friendship: Bonding through adversity.
- You will rarely regret spending a few hours to read a book. You will, on the other hand, regret spending a few hours, watching mindless television on Netflix.
- To be twenty-one and never have been kissed is not something to be embarrassed about. It is something my future husband will highly value.
- Going off #7: I don’t need to find that dude! Seriously, I obsessed over that for so long. It was so distracting and anxiety provoking. Instead, I can make the decision to redirect my heart. I can cling to the Lord and enjoy this season of my life!
- Going off #8: The aforementioned statement is not always easy. Actually, it can be really hard. And that’s okay. That’s human.
- When running is stripped away: I do not crumble. This was such a difficult year for me with injuries, but each one drew me nearer to the Lord, further breaking the tie between running and my worth. With every injury, I found greater peace and contentment.
- I am slightly allergic to cats.
- I actually don’t hate cats. But I’ll never get one.
- (I learned) How to change spark-plugs in a car.
- Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock are not the same person. That sounds incredibly stupid to say, but I had no clue.
- I learned that an orange is called an orange because it’s orange. It makes sense now, but I never connected the two.
- Being a semi-adult is stressful and expensive. But Jesus always provides.
- Tracking the prophetical words/pictures the Lord gives, is a fantastic way to see His faithfulness over time. I started a Prophetical Journal this year! Woo!
- You can always find a gift on Amazon.com. You might waste three hours looking for the perfect one, but it’s there.
- (I learned) How to make my mom’s amazing vegetable soup! Now I’m kinda-sorta a cook.
- Brokenness is not to be despised, but cherished. Jesus was broken for us, and through His brokenness came the redemption of humanity.
- Going out to eat with friends is fun. After years of anorexia, it is still a bit scary, but it gets easier and more enjoyable every time. And it’s absolutely worth it.
- The Lord has me right where I need to be.