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Lessons Learned in 2016

For our final post of 2016, I thought it would be interested to call on all of you, one last time, to share something you learned this past year. 2016, was a cosmically hard year for us all, but that doesn’t mean we went without taking a few memorable moments or valuable lessons. So let’s end 2016 on a (if only slightly) more positive note. I wish you all a vibrant, loving, prosperous 2017. Thank you all for coming with me on this beautiful journey, it is just the beginning, but I am so proud of how far we have come already.

Kirsten

This year, I learned that you can never truly know, or anticipate your life’s journey. I’ve learned to expect the unexpected, and to embrace change and uncertainty with open arms. I’ve learned lessons in love, and how to hold yourself dear. I learned that things that are worth while, are usually things you have to fight for. And that if it’s meant to be it will be, not in some passive, just go with the flow and you’ll reach success way. But if you fight for what you believe in, things have a way of working out for you.

Danielle

2016 has been a big year of learning and change for me. College, breakups, living on my own… ugh its been a big year! In three bullets here’s what I’ve really learned:

1: College: if you don’t feel like you’re in the right place but love what you’re studying, there’s so many more options than just dropping out! Find a different school, a different location, move off campus… don’t give up on learning.

2: Relationships: sometimes the easiest way isn’t always the best way… and if it’s meant to be they’ll come back. We’re young and these are the best years of our lives to learn and adventure. Don’t let someone else bring down your happiness.

3: Adulting: it’s hard people! But it’s a great learning experience. I’ve learned to become a very independent person and in a great way. Living on my own has taught me a lot about the difference between want and need, most importantly saving money.

Have a safe, healthy and adventurous new year everyone!

Emily

This year has tested my strength and patience more than ever before, and for that I am grateful.

I have learned about kindness, how a simple gesture or a few words can go so far. I have learned about patience, that time is not always on your side.

I have learned about love, that you should cherish good friends more than anything. I have also learned, the hard way, that you should never pass up an opportunity to tell someone you love them- it may be your last chance.

2016 has taught me to accept that things won’t always go your way, to make the best of situations and to always look forward. I have decided to embrace 2017 with open arms and a full heart.

Valentine

2016…… what a strange year.

Most French people would tell you it was a shitty year. With the terrorist attacks, 2016 has been tough for all of us. The want to divide us, but guys, French people won’t give you what you want. We can be a real pain in the ass, and we have a mindset of contradiction. I love how we responded to the fear and hatred with hope and love.

Those events also made me realize how different people treat eastern countries compared to western countries. Why when something happens in Nice or Orlando there are hashtags and Facebook filters, but when there are civilians dying in Syria they talk about it only a few seconds on TV journals? Why are we so much Paris, but so little Aleppo?

I guess that 2016 has taught me to remain hopeful no matter what, and to have faith in the things to come.

On a more personal level, 2016 has been the year of my first travels with friends. Those experiences taught me that sleeping in some creepy tcheque train station is not the end of the world as long as you bring warm clothes and stay with your group, that Berlin is my dream city to live, and that you should always carry food with you. And if you want to do something, to go somewhere: do it. Don’t wait for the perfect moment! The little things that go wrong are what make the best memories anyway.

I also would like to share with you the best advice I got in 2016 : “Life is full of frustration, but even if things don’t go like planned, we must never get discouraged”. I think that sums up my year pretty well.

I wish you all the best for 2017!

Rebekah

I am much, much stronger than I think. Also, the only thing stopping me from being who I want to be is my own self deprecation.

Sarah

This year was more about un-learning for me. Un-learning hatred and distrust towards other women and myself. Un-learning all the things I am supposed to be in men’s eyes. Not compromising my goals in the interest of being the shiny glint of hope in someone else’s life, because I owe that hope entirely to myself alone. I learned to forgive my past self for the selfish person she was, I learned to move on.

Juliet

In 2016 I learned that not everything is going to go your way. As a 20 year old college student, this was my first year able to vote in the primary election and I could not have been more excited. I put my heart and soul into campaigning for the candidate of my choice & tried to inspire others to do the same. I had thought that if I had brought it up enough- to my family, friends, colleagues, and class mates- that there was absolutely no way the monster could win. But he did. And you know what? That’s okay, cause it only pushed me harder to go after what I want. My goal for the new year is to continue to go after what I want and continue to take care of myself as well as my friends and acquaintances. We are going to take care of each other and kick ass in the long run!

Margot (Lyon, France)

Dear 2016,

Aaah 2016, 2016… You have been quite a tough year ! But I have to admit that I learned a lot thanks to you. It is often said that we learn more during hard moments, that our failures teach us more than our victories. I can say it now.
Between the terrorist attacks all around the world, bombing in Aleppo, leaders doing nothing to end the massacres of innocent people, migrants dying because they only wanted more than surviving, and not to mention the rise of extremisms, we could say it was far from a perfect year.. However, I learned that even when we are losing hope in a part of humanity, there is still some greatness in humanity. So in all this chaos, I chose to see the positive side. We easily remember only the tough moments and forget the good moments. In this grim year, there was not only darkness, there was light too. Lots of light. In the adversity, I saw people protesting together, shouting words, not bullets, hand in hand, working together, supporting each other. I learned that together we are stronger, that we cannot change the world by ourself. We need to help each other, smile to the unknown, to the stranger in the subway. To keep smiling, keep shouting, keep crying but together.
I learned to open my eyes instead of keep them closed to not to face the harsh reality. I learned to count every death and not ignored them, because, no it is not a bad dream I can choose to forget like that. It happens now, in front of my eyes. I cannot avoid that.
I learned to cherish every day of my life, to be grateful and not to be ashamed to be safe but rather to act for the other even if it is not directly affecting my life.
So thank you 2016 to help me figure it out all this things, to show me even in the dark times, hope is still and will be forever here. And now I am sure that 2017 will bring more peace on earth if we stay united. Love is stronger than hate. As Gandhi said, “The hate always kill, the Love never dies”. So let us love one another! The solution is this simple, so what the hell are we waiting for? We need to love each other, even more now, for now is the time we need it most.

+Stay Groovy, Kirst

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