The year in review

2015 was one Hell of a year.  Mostly Hellacious to be perfectly honest.  But as with all things, there is good among the bad, and every experience brings something new to learn I suppose.  So, here is my list of lessons/revelations for 2015 with a pledge to focus on the good and leave the past behind in the New Year.

  • Life is way too short to be miserable. Or to hang out with miserable people.
  • Ireland is the most magical place I have been in my life.  Turning 50 there was a good decision.  If Trump is elected president, I may just move there permanently.
  • God blessed me with amazing friends.  I already knew this, but 2015 reminded me again.  And again.
  • When someone shows you who they are, you should believe them the first time.  And surely by the 10th time, you need to pull your head out of your arse and walk away.
  • My daughter is turning into a really wonderful person.  She continues to prove that you can overcome a really traumatic beginning if you put in the work required.
  • The heart and the brain are sometimes on completely different pages.  Maybe not even in the same book.  But eventually, the heart catches up and you move on.
  • I have the very best parents in the entire world.  Seriously.
  • At any point in life, you get to decide who gets to be part of your family, and who does not.
  • You can neither give nor receive too many hugs.
  • Having something furry and warm to greet you when you come home makes every single day better.
  • There is a reason your ex is your ex.  In most cases, trying to be friends is not a viable option.
  • Consumption of large amounts of alcohol never fixes anything and often makes things much worse.  However, a little bit of rum can help navigate some of life’s hurdles.
  • There are angels everywhere; you just have to let them touch you.
  • Regrets are useless.  Don’t put things off; tomorrow is not guaranteed.
  • No matter how bad things may seem, blessings surround you.
  • I am never going to love the gym.  I love the results though, so I will continue to drag myself there, kicking and screaming like a toddler.
  • A debate held on Facebook is never going to change someone’s mind.  If their opinions make you crazy, there is a fabulous little button called “Unfriend.”
  • My final lesson:  “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” This was the message at my mom’s church on Sunday and it really resonated with me.  Invest your time, talent, and energy into helping ONE person, ONE organization.  Stop giving $10 to everyone and invest in a cause or person you can truly impact and stick with them for the long haul.  It could be the first step in changing the world.