A Letter to 2017

Goodbye 2017. Hello 2018.

Bianca Gonzales, Author

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Dear 2017,

Over the one year span of our relationship, my life has been filled with contradictions. While your days have brought unlikely friendships and contagious laughter, it has also brought all nighter induced eyebags and hindering insecurity. While I spent my summer days basking in the rays of youthfulness, I spent my nights in submission to unrelenting anxiety caused by the inevitable enigma of adulthood. Your winter and spring introduced me to the world of caffeine-induced shaking and tear-stained SAT results; however, your summer and autumn showed me the beauty of gratitude and the art of self-reliance. 2017, in many moments throughout our time together, I considered you the worst year I’ve lived so far. But now, as our relationship comes to an end, I look back at you with nothing but endearment. Though in your days I have experienced some of the greatest obstacles my 17-year-old self has come to face, I have also witnessed my evolution. In your existence, I began to transfigure into the truest form of myself. I have discovered that I am undimmed in the face of difference, that I am accepting of change, that I am ambitious in the name of success. With you, I have learned mindfulness and self-acceptance. For that, I am forever grateful.

All the best,

Bianca Gonzales

   

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