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“[The people who broke us] taught you to appreciate what you have because in a blink of an eye, everything you love could be gone. They taught you selflessness because you don’t just let someone you love walk out of your life without knowing that maybe it’s a better for them to be without you. They taught you passion and how to fight for what’s in your heart. They made you feel and in a world where it’s better to be detached than hurt, we seldom allow ourselves to feel anything at all.”

Milliza Malabanan,

We Should Thank The People Who Broke Us | Thought Catalog

2. You had to learn to think differently.

Whether how to calculate your income taxes for a freelance project, or how to stop feeling jealous, or how to love after loss, or why you take the political stance you do, you were challenged to change your inner narrative this year, and you did.

6. You lost love.

You never actually lose love in your life, but it’s common to lose a person who you assume will bring you the feeling of love. This serves an incredible purpose – to show you that love is never gone, you had just misplaced its source. It always and only comes from you and what you think about the people and circumstances you experience. To “lose love” is just to dissolve yet another idea that it would come from anywhere but within.

8. You learned how to respond to your life in ways you never knew before.

The word “responsibility” breaks down to “able to respond,” if you think about it, and there’s a very important reason why we associate adulthood with it. The reality is that to live a happy and healthy and fulfilling life, you must be able to respond to it, and take action where need-be. It’s in our inaction that we suffer (even if “taking action” is just learning to let go!) In a truly successful year, you learned how to respond in ways you never had to before, and built your confidence and self-trust in seeing that you could, in fact, take care of yourself.

Brianna Wiest,

12 Signs You Accomplished More Than You Think You Did This Year | Thought Catalog

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take and the decisions we waited too long to make.”

Lewis Carroll

“You,

of course.

Always you.”

Clementine von Radics,

What Brings Me Joy

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