Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

Saturday, February 8, 2014

I’ve been blogging for only few months, but I already experienced writers’ block. Many times. Even though I love doing this and I try doing it for myself, thinking if I enjoy writing readers will also enjoy reading, sometimes I feel I am disappointing you guys for not blogging so often. The reason is simple – it’s either lack of time or inspiration! You successful bloggers out there, how do you manage to keep both?! You don’t have to comment in public, but send me an email instead and reveal your secret to a fellow baby blogger :)
Anyway, even though it’s February and I hope all of us stopped writing "2013" when stating the date, I still feel I should raise a glass to 2013. An incredible year it was!


A year of many changes in my case. I hope I became a better person. I also hope I am still the same person. And I hope I’m constantly taking baby steps to self-improvement.  What was 2013 like for you? I would be more than happy to hear you loved it too. But if you didn’t, nevermind.  Make the best out of your 2014. Because one thing I learned in 2013 is that we truly are the ones to build our own happiness. It might be hard if you don’t have a job, if you don’t have enough money, if your relationship or friendship is falling apart. But at the end of the day, you have yourself. And you better make that relationship work, because you’re stuck with yourself for the rest of your life. Make it worth living.

In 2013 I did many things.

I left Belgrade behind after five wonderful years, the period I realised it is the place to call home.
I moved three times.
I realised Skype can make new friends.
I bought my first running shoes. Hopefully not the last.
I let a waiter buy me a drink.
I was nervous before moving to another country for months beforehand, and once it happened I realised it was so easy and natural.
I realised I could spend my days abroad talking with my friends on Skype and not much would change – but instead I could also go out and make some new ones. And live a new life.
I cried on the plane. I cried on the bus.
I stopped crying.
I missed someone. I stopped missing that someone.
I learned that sometimes it’s good to be hurt, as a universe’s way to show you a person you’re fighting for is not worth it.
I was lied to. I cared too much. I stopped caring.
I told someone I liked them. I survived being rejected.
I quit smoking. Most of the times.
I explained to an old lady how to get to her destination – in German. It’s been ages since I learned German in school.
I chatted with Norwegians in Norwegian in a bar in Berlin.
I still struggle to order something in Finnish and not having to say „sorry?“ in English after being told something I don’t understand.
I wasn’t the best friend I could have been. But my friends were, so they understood.
I saw the Northern lights and almost cried. (Yeah, I do cry easily.)
I went to the sauna naked. I also jumped into the snow after the sauna (not naked, though).
I jumped into the Arctic ocean.
Once again I learned how important family was.

I said goodbye to 2013 as to an old friend, and welcomed 2014 as a new one. Be awesome, 2014! I know we can do it. Together. 


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