As I’m sitting here writing this blog post on the top bunk in my room on the Carnival Elation, I’m finding it difficult to figure out where to start because I have so much to be thankful for this year. 2016 was a blur in the best way. I made so many incredible memories. I met and became friends with people who have changed me for the better. I feel like I found myself, so to speak because I know I’ll continue to grow and mold me into the person I’m meant to be.
2015 was a difficult year for me. While I shared some of it on Endless Bliss, most of it was kept in my close friend circle because many parts of it are so shameful that I wouldn’t be proud to share it online. I fought through many demons. I got to my lowest point that I’ve ever been in and hopefully will ever be. I became someone who I’m ashamed of.
While I’ll of that’s true, I’m still extremely grateful that I went through it. Only those of have experienced the worst of themselves can truly appreciate the best. Those who have felt pain, who have suffered, who have hated themselves are the ones who can also feel true joy and love. Yes, 2015 was an awful year for me, but because of everything that happened, it made me realize how incredible my 2016 was and continues to be.
It would be an injustice to all of the people in my life to sit here and name everyone I’m thankful for because there are honestly so many who made my 2016 amazing. My friends and family are continuous reminders of how lucky and blessed I am, and I’m truly grateful for each and every one of them.
In 2016, I met so many amazing people. My friend circle grew in unexpected ways. Between themed parties, tailgates, Taco Tuesdays, karaoke nights, going away parties and dinners, road trips, boat times, Hangout, weddings, concerts, family dinners, holiday celebrations, spontaneous hangouts, pool days, coffee dates and so much more, I have countless memories that make me laugh, smile and cry happy tears.
Of course, this year, I made a huge life change and decided to take a job on a moving vessel for six months. Honestly, it’s probably the craziest and best decision I made all year. As of two days ago I’ve been living on the ship for a month, and time is passing by slowly and quickly at the same time. On one hand, it feels like I just got here. I still get lost (mostly due to my lack of having a sense of direction), and I still get tongue-tied when giving directions or going over the rules and regulations of camp to parents. On the other hand, it feels like I’ve been living on the ship for so long, and it’s almost like I’ve been living this life forever. This job has not only given me the opportunity to visit a country I’ve never been to before, but I’ve already had so many unforgettable experiences and met some amazing people.
Today, I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving on a cruise ship, and while it’s hard to be away from home and those I miss so dearly, I’m also grateful to have taken a job opportunity that many people only dream about doing. Like I said, I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and the blessings just keep on coming.