Of eye-opening firsts and heart-wrenching lasts, overflowing happiness and overwhelming pain – to say that 2016 was bittersweet is to play it so completely and utterly safe.
So forget it. Just forget it all. I refuse, absolutely refuse, to look back and recount what a year 2016 has been. I’d rather turn back, take a different road altogether, and just look at myself and what a person I’ve been in the last 365 days.
Because the memories don’t make us who we are. We make the memories who we are. We make the memories what we want them to be. And make of the memories what we choose. They matter, they do. But they’re just a small part of what matters the most – us.
Here’s to Us.
Here’s to the us that greeted the start of the year with lists and goals to ease our dazzled, confused hearts; relieved to have made it through, grateful to have conquered the past. Here’s to the us that shouldered years of heartache etched into our very beings and still – still! – managed to lift our heads up and find ourselves smiling at the promise of fresh starts and new beginnings. Here’s to the us that made it through hard times thinking we were never going to be at this end of the road, but then there we were, rising to a stand after kneeling so long on the ground.
Here’s to the us that found happiness in simple things, and laughter that came across as a surprise when we needed them the most. Here’s to the us that challenged ourselves, wondered why we bothered putting ourselves to such struggles, before seeing it through and learning lessons we wouldn’t have learnt otherwise. Here’s to the us that broke down, fell apart, drowned in tears, wrecked our hearts in search of better tomorrows – tomorrows that came in with familiar faces, wide-eyed smiles, wholehearted laughter and unprecedented moments.
Here’s to the us that we’ve become; to the us that continues to change and grow; to the the us that looks at how far we’ve come and how far we’ll continue to go.
Here’s to more of us.
May Allah bless our journeys and may we become a better us in His cause. In sha Allah. Amiin. Happy 2017!
And that concludes the seven part series I’ve been doing on Wendystrucked. Thank you for reading and I hope you found it to be just as fun as I did while creating these posts. It was hard and I didn’t do it for seven days straight the way I planned to, but I put up some of my favourite posts on the blog so far with this series, and that’s more than enough. With that said, it’ll be a while until I get myself back up to post again. Till then!
With love, Iween.