We’re more than ten days into January 2020 but I still have a few words to lose on 2019.
2019 was a year of last-times. In April, I passed my final exams of high school and graduated in July. A chapter of my life was closing – I would never have to go to high school again.
But with one door closing there is always another one opening: 2019 was even more a year of first-times. I raced the German cross country championships for the first time and surprised myself with the outcome. I also competed in a big track race and enjoyed it more than I had expected. I moved out for college and left Europe for the first time in my life, diving into a new chapter of my life. A chapter that doesn’t only come with a change of school, but also with a change of country, language, and culture. I will spend the next four years studying Writing at a university for arts, preparing for my dream job that I have since I learned how to hold a pen. And while studying what I love, I have the chance to be part of an amazing cross country/track and field team.
I had the best time of my life in the last four months of 2019 and I am beyond grateful for everything that happened – including the challenges and negative events that occurred along the way. They are all part of the journey.
The most important lesson I’ve learned last year is that life isn’t a flat line, it’s never straight. Look at a curve of a heartbeat and see that there are up and downs. When the heartbeat fades into a flat line, there’s no life. Because life is a cycle.
And with that being said, I wish you all a happy 2020!