Life in the Fast Lane

A TRIATHLETE'S MULTISPORT ADVENTURES, TRAVELS, RANDOM MUSINGS, AND CHRONICLES OF HER OTHERWISE ORDINARY LIFE

What Was, What Will Be

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Some years are "epic" (hate that this word is overused, but I couldn't think of a more apt one), filled with so many memories, that whenever you're asked to think of milestone years, they jump at you instantly. In my case, I know what those years are. Most recently, that would have to be my 2008. That was the year I joined a local and an international advertising competition, by God's grace performed well, and got to meet friends from so many places. The same year, my last living grandparent died. You could say that my year started on a high note and ended on a rather somber one.


Some years are also dismal, filled with so many depressing memories and moments of self-loathing. I know of friends and family who've experienced such years; they're the first to welcome the new year with a tinge of hopefulness mixed with a sense of resignation. Thankfully, I never went through an entire year of stress, sadness, and depression. (And I pray that if I ever do, that I'll have the courage and faith to see it through.)

Then there are those years. Years that just coast along life's shore. These are the years you don't describe as "epic" for they don't jump out at you from your database of memories. They're just there, waiting for you to give meaning to them; waiting for you to see how they could connect to future memories or experiences.

My 2011 is one of those years. It was, for lack of a better term, a "steady" one. It had its highs and it had its lows. It had breakthroughs and a few downfalls. But overall, it was a good year; I praise the Lord for that.

It was a year of weddings...


Endless shoots...


Foreign posts to Bangkok...


Adventures in biking...




Wonder and discovery...



Beauty...



Good times with officemates...




Fun...



Football mania...



Friendship...








Photography milestones...





Family coming home...



Discovering my roots...



Blessings for the family...










...and LOVE in all kinds of ways.

There were national-level tragedies (the most recent one being Typhoon Sendong), an Internet or celebrity scandal here and there, moments of self-doubt, times spent commiserating with those who've experienced loss and depression, self-pity parties, but overall, I would like to think that I was blessed this year.

2011 gave me more insight, more perspective, more character, more growth in the workplace, a deeper understanding of who I am in Christ, more love for this country, and more gratitude as an individual.

I am thankful for all that was, all that is, and all that will be. I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for my country, my church, my family, my friends, my work, and my life in the coming year.

I pray that as we usher in 2012, we embrace it with open arms — not hesitant fists — and let it take us to new places, new adventures, new discoveries, and a greater sense of purpose.

A Blessed New Year to you, dear reader.

I am sure that the best is yet to come. Get ready for it!

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