I think it’s safe to say 2016 was THE fastest year of my life. It’s true what our elders say about the older you get, the faster time goes by. Scary, but so true.
To say I am beyond blessed to have another year behind me on this Earth is a understatement. We truly never know when God will call us home. Having a heart defect and it being a life long disease makes look at life a little differently. Every morning I wake up, I thank God my heart is still beating. As you can imagine, my biggest fear is my heart stopping. But, I know God is in control of my life. You learn to never take things for granted because you know first hand how life can be so short. Ending 2016 always makes me feel sentimental as it does for most, but for me it’s a time to truly thank God for another year that I get to physically be with my family and friends. To see my nieces and nephew grow up and complete milestones, to watching my little brothers go through High School to spending quality time with my amazing parents is something I am so thankful to God didn’t take away for me just yet.
Although, my own heart defect has given me a new perceptive on life each year, this year has taught me something else. Without going into to detail, I am so grateful to God for giving me all of my siblings. 2016 was a tough year for one of my siblings, but it was also a year full of God’s mercy. The Lord is truly faithful in all his works!!
As we embark on a brand new year with many goals and ideas on life, let’s remember to truly spend quality time with our loved ones. One thing I learned from this past year is that taking pictures of a certain loved one or event is NOT the same as in truly living in that moment. It was a hard lesson for me to learn as I love to take pictures, but I realized I was missing out the those special moments of living in the present.
2017 for me will be trying my best to LIVE IN THE MOMENT! I hope you will do the same! I wish you all a HAPPY and HEALTHY 2017!!