Oh, 2013!

Where do I start?

I don’t think I can write about 2013 without crying but I will most definitely try. 2013 has been tarnished with major heartbreaks. With dad who shockingly suffered from a stroke to Hans moving to Shanghai and my relationship breaking apart, you can somehow guess what a whirlwind year I’ve gone through. I would love to say that there were various feelings but really, there was only one emotion – sadness.

I’m not sure how I managed to pull through these moments but I have to thank my brother, mom and close friends who’ve stuck by me through all these catastrophes. In my darkest hour, I found the love from God and was humbled by His love. Through all these, I think I’ve emerged mentally stronger and free. When you’ve reached the bottom of it all, there’s no other way than to just go up.

When the light eventually emerged, there are also a lot of things that I should be thankful for. My health. My parents health is great and dad is recovering positively. My career is shooting off the roof. I’m blessed after all. I found this on Instagram yesterday and thought about how appropriate it would be to share with everyone.

Sometimes, God breaks your spirit to save your soul.
Sometimes, God breaks our heart to make us whole.
Sometimes, God allows pain so we can be stronger.
Sometimes, God sends us failure so we can be humble.
Sometimes, God allows illness so we can take better care of ourselves.
Sometimes, God takes everything away from us so we can learn the value of everything He gave us.
So, we make plans but understand that we live by His grace. 

I can’t say that 2013 had been a fantastic year but what I can say is that I’m welcoming 2014 with open arms. I hope your 2014 will be a great one. And if like me, 2013 hasn’t been kind to you, it’s okay. Why? We’ll learn from it and better ourselves. So, here’s wishing you nothing but the best for 2014.

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