The last Thoughts for Thursday of 2023:
This year has been a whirlwind to say the least. It seems each year passes quicker than the one before. We were always told that by our elders when we were younger, but I don’t think it really sank in until we became elders. I will say that this year I have paid more attention to the fact that we are only on this earth for a short time. I have watched many girlfriends leave this earth this year. Friends that are my age. Friends whose children are my children’s age. I’m not ready for that! But is anyone ever ready for that? I have seen girlfriends get divorced this year that I would have sworn had the best marriages I have ever seen. I have brides and grooms that didn’t make it a year for disastrous reasons. I have seen friends lose everything they own. I’m not saying that I haven’t seen anything good this year. I’ve seen some amazing things happen. What I’m saying is that I’m observing that life is short. Life is what we make it. Life is unpredictable. The only thing for certain is what we ourselves can bring to the table. We must release what we can’t control and focus on what we can. We must surround ourselves with people who build us up. People who share our passion. People who reciprocate. People that help you elevate.
Lessons learned in 2023:
• What is for you will find you
• What is for you will stay
• What is for you will fight for you
• What is for you will not risk losing you
• You do not have to beg for someone’s time and attention
• You do not have to chase anyone
• If someone leaves you questioning where you stand, you don’t
• You can’t force someone to care about you
• You can’t make someone love you
• You can’t fix someone who is broken
• You can’t make someone want to do the work to heal
• You can’t make someone want to change or grow
• You can’t make someone choose you, and why would you want to?
Game plan for 2024:
• Don’t be bitter
• Don’t be jaded
• Don’t stop believing in the fairytale
• Don’t be afraid to apologize
• Don’t be afraid of change
• Don’t be afraid to take a risk
• Don’t be a coward
• Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith
And most importantly…. DO make yourself a priority if no one else will. You are AMAZING!!!