As 2016 draws to a close, I am left reflecting on the year. The year started off exactly how it did in 2015. But with time, it got better. I was finally offered a position that was somewhat close to my academic studies. That dream of having a fully furnished home started coming together. We were able to save up for a pretty epic anniversary trip to the Southwest (hopefully I will be able to share some photos of that in the near future). I was also able to shoot a couple weddings, engagements and family shoots. After years of baby fever, Beau and I have adopted our first baby together- a 2.5 year old, hungry-belly guinea pig named Zelda. She snapped me out of that baby fever rather quickly. And though it is not the same- nor even remotely close- to having a real, live, human baby, she is enough right now.
More than everything, this is the year that I understood the true meaning of life. You can read all about that realization in my previous post, but here's the general idea: Life is what it is. We don't choose what is handed to us. We don't choose to be starving artists. We don't choose to lose loved ones. Simply put, we do not choose the bad things that happen to us. Neither do we choose all the good that happens to us either. But that is how it works. Life is unpredictable. It is lovely and it freakin' hurts! The best that we can do is live it gratefully. Take the bitters and the sweets, because that is what builds our character and leaves lasting impacts on those we meet.
I am grateful for this lesson in life, and I thank 2016 and all the years before for supplying me with this knowledge.
“Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience -- to appreciate the fact that life is complex.” ― M. Scott Peck