Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

This photo was taken a year ago at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

“You grow up so fast in high school. It’s not something you wait for, it just kinda happens. One day you’ll look back and be proud of who you’ve become, while at the same time, miss who you were.” – quote found via tumblr

Dear me this past year of 2015,

Let me start by saying I’m writing to you from that blog I finally started. Be excited.

I am writing an open letter to you, but it’s not really for you. It’s for the next year’s me to reflect on past-year you. So let’s begin.

Sarah, I’m so proud of you. This was a big year for you and you made the most out of it, more than you ever have before. I have never seen you embrace life and all it has to offer more than you did in 2015.

You still remember counting down the New Year with about half of your high school crammed into your living room, exclaiming to your best friends “This is the year we graduate!”. You still remember that one week of winter break in February where you and your friends hung out for five (and probably more) days straight. You still remember going to Europe for spring break with girls you became best friends with in a matter of three months. By the way, they are still now your best friends.

You finally learned how to work your camera’s manual settings and you now dabble in videography.

Oh, and college? Don’t worry about it. It was paid for and you will see provision in your life like never before. The people you’ll meet are different kinds of people and that’s not a bad thing. Side note: Southern California weather has a mind of its own.

Sarah, you stepped outside of your comfort zone in 2015. You hiked more, laughed more, and enjoyed more. You tried coffee (you’re getting there) and your summer job wasn’t as bad as you thought. It’s amazing looking back at all you have done this past year, realizing the maturity and the adventure that has come alongside you within the last 12 months. You are becoming the person you’ve always needed to be: outgoing, spontaneous (to an extent, of course), and passionate about the things you love most.

You are continuing to build your identity; you are continuing to pursue deeper relationships; you are continuing to be the best version of you. 2015 was a wild ride, Sarah, you better be ready for the next year: it’s gonna rock.

Don’t forget to cherish what was in 2015 without staying in your nostalgia. The memories will always be there, but don’t dwell in them. There is so much more to life than what was; what’s exciting is what is to be!

So cheers to this past year of your life! 2016, I’m ready for you!

Love,
Sarah

 

January 1, 2016

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