Today is 30 December 2019, and as I'm reflecting on what a great year it has been for me, I am also excited about what 2020 will have installed for me. I have improved and recovering from my mental health issues, and tackling each issue at a time. I want to share why 2019 was the best year of my twenties with you:
1) I got discharged from the mental health rehab
I stayed for over a year and a half at a mental health rehabilitation place. There I found support not just for the mind (I have Bipolar Disorder Type I), but budgeting help, independent accommodation, and also advice on how to develop new coping strategies when I start hearing voices again.
2) I started driving again
I had two car accidents in my early twenties and it traumatised me to not drive for 3-4 years or so. The government paid for me to start learning and building confidence to drive again through lessons supported by my NDIS. Just last week, I drove my grandma to the shops and back to her place. I absolutely love driving, and the confidence it has given me
3) I started working, after being unemployed for almost two years
I gained employment for over the Xmas period and absolutely loved the challenges I faced, the beautiful managers and employees I met who are so kind and lovely. Having employment, even though it was mainly for over the Xmas period not only gave me a sense of purpose in the community but also build my confidence in my own skills. I absolutely love working and the joys of making hard-earnt money are just so satisfying.
4) I learnt to love myself first, before loving anyone else
This year I chose to stay single, even though I went for a few dates, but ultimately single life for me was amazing this year. I love spending time with myself, watching movies at the cinemas, and even doing some fine dining by myself. Being 28 has been an amazing year for me.
5) I found comfort and peace in God
I am a Christian, and although I am not very good at attending church at times, I find peace in Him and listening to Hillsong songs as well. I have learnt to be bolder in knowing God, and pray for people and my friends who are having a difficult time as well. I believe He heals, and He allowed all the bad things to happen in the previous years of my twenties, so I can truly obey Him and put faith and trust in Him.
6) I lived in independent accommodation for one year
This month marks one year since I moved into my studio/1 bedroom apartment. I cook, I clean and do self-care almost every night since moving in here last December. I find comfort and safeness in my home, and I love living by myself. It's just so much fun and I feel good in myself.
Photo by Michelle Fleur