To be completely honest, 2017 was fraudulent as hell. A lot of things that appeared to be real, proved to be the contrary. This year has come with a lot of mental and emotional trauma for all of us really ⎯ black people, women, and a nation. Nevertheless, we made it through, stronger than ever. Here’s what 2017 taught me.
- Mental health is very important. You’re not truly healthy if you don’t feed your mental and emotional needs.
- No one needs therapy. It’s put in place to help you grow, sort through issues, and understand situations/emotions in a judgment-free zone. Again, feed your mental health.
- Be wary of people who can’t accept the concept of accountability, they’ll blame you for everything.
- Boundaries are necessary for every relationship. People get comfortable, but you have to remember you are in control of your destiny.
- Growth doesn’t stop. As long as you’re alive you are growing. If you’re not, then something may be wrong.
- Stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t always a bad thing. It exposes something new about you.
- Our fears of failing, losing, and hurting hold us back.
- Losses come in three’s.
- People criticize what they don’t understand. The naysayers aren’t right, they’re unaware.
- Social media is some people’s reality… unfortunately.
- We’re humans, not perfect.
- Authenticity and consistency are necessary.
- The black/brown community is truly a force. We need to stay unified.
- You must stand your ground! In the words of Solana’s grandmama,
you black heffa, you stand your ground!
- Self-love is the first form of love you need. Without self-love, you can’t truly love someone else.
- Trust no one more than you trust yourself.
- Adversity inspires growth.
- People are toxic.
- Things can always be worse, so be grateful.
What did 2017 teach you?