2012; without a doubt, a year to remember.

A year of smiles and a year of tears, a year of surprises and a year of disappointments. A year filled with good days and bad days, busy days and lazy days. A year of taking one step forward followed by two steps back; on more than one occassion. A year of doctors appointments, specialist appointments and unexpected hospital visits. A year of illness and a year of recovery. A year of family holidays and spur of the moment overseas adventures. A year of countless realisations; of those who matter and those who don’t, those who were always there and those who weren’t, those who are worth your time and those who aren’t. A year to remember old memories and a year to create new ones. A year spent with family, friends and those people who mean the most. A year of appreciation and a year of struggles that have proven a strength beyond words. A year of falling apart and a year of coming together. A year of laughter, happiness and moments both good and bad, that without a doubt, won’t ever be forgotten.

At the very least, I can honestly say that although the past three hundred and sixty-five days were not at all what I was expecting them to be, after the year that I’ve just had, I’ve come to the realisation that perhaps that was the point; just because it wasn’t quite what I was expecting it to be, doesn’t mean that it wasn’t everything I’ve been waiting for. Just because it wasn’t quite what I may have wanted, doesn’t mean that it wasn’t everything that I needed.

So after the past three hundred and sixty-five days, if 2012 has taught me anything, it’s that despite the plans that we make and the expectations that we have, it’s the unexpected moments that make the greatest memories; the ones that catch us off guard, the ones that take us by surprise.

After three hundred and sixty-five days on the 2012 Rollercoaster of Life, I am pleased to say that I am heading into 2013 with a spring in my step and a smile on my face. Healthier, stronger, braver and so much happier than the year before, ready for the next stage of this big adventure called life.

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