3 days before the end of 2016 my phone died on me. Well not really, but that’s how I’m choosing to describe it. What happened was the circuit board malfunctioned and now I’m using an old backup phone The woman at the Apple store said there’s no way to determine the cause of the malfunction and could be due to a number of things: a bug from an insecure website or repeatedly using my phone while charging. Apparently we’re not supposed to use our phones when its charging. Ironically I’m still using my replacement phone and charging it at the same time, but that’s because the battery depletes like 10 times faster given how old it is! It goes from 20% to 2% in 2 hours, what the hell is going on =_=
I wasn’t able to receive or make calls, not receive or send texts. I was devastated more by the loss of all the photos and videos. About 80% of it is backed up but not the rest because when I updated my phone months ago it wasn’t connecting to my laptop and I still haven’t found a way to fix it without buying a new one. All the memories in there, with friends, family, events, dance and selfies (yes selfies yes the damn selfies as well my best looking moments are in selfies). Anyway, I see the loss of my phone as the start of something new. There are a few things in that phone that I shouldn’t be holding on to anyway. Screenshots of messages from people who’ve left my life, for one. I don’t know why I still keep them but maybe on Wednesday God decided that enough was enough and swooped in for the kill. I feel almost relieved actually to know that those screenshots are gone for good. I was having a hard time letting go.
Anyway, 2016 is ending and all that new year new me shenanigans has been sprouting up left and right since Christmas ended. Instead of doing New Year resolutions for this post, I’ll make a list of things I learned in 2016 and end it with a list of advice I intend to take for myself in 2017.
Things I Learned in 2016
- You win when you choose not to play with a toxic person. Sometimes the best way is to walk away and leave them be.
- Pay attention to their actions and not their words.
- How you feel about yourself is more important than what others feel about you.
- There will be some people in your life who are temporary, but by God they are the ones that teach you some of the greatest lessons than you can ever have.
- When people walk away from your life despite whatever efforts you put in, let them: they’re not meant to be in your life.
- Heartbreak isn’t always caused by someone else. Sometimes heartbreak is self-inflicted.
- Closure doesn’t come from another person. Closure comes from within.
- Beauty IS indeed in the eye of the beholder.
- Don’t expect anything from anyone.
- Nothing serious = sex only. No matter what he says. That’s it end of story
- Stop running back to things and people that you know will leave you hurt, no matter how familiar or comforting it is.
- Don’t live for the praise or applause of others. Be and do things for yourself. Others will be there for you forever.
- Love comes when it will, not when you ask it.
To Remember in 2017
- Put myself first
- Take charge of my own life and goals
- Stay away from fuckboys and toxic lovers.
- Take more charge and courage in my decisions
- Work on my relationship with my food and body.
- When it comes to relationships, pay attention to their actions and not their words
- Spend more time with my true friends
- Live the life that makes ME happy, not the one that others think I should.
- Give myself the freedom to start being human and show people my more vulnerable side. I don’t always have to hold it together.
- Work more on accepting the physical aspects of myself that I lack confidence in. Remember we live only once and we should live not for the applause and praise of others.