Welcome back to my blog; this post will be my reflections on 2021.
What a year this has been. Certainly not what I expected when the year began in January. I had a lot of expectations of what the new year would be like.
As I reflect, I am thankful I took a week off at the end of January to celebrate with my sister on her birthday. I got to do something adventurous, climbing the Olumo Rock in Abeokuta.
After the adventure, my life was mostly about my work at Sabi Writers. I got a lot accomplished, but I struggled with managing all my different responsibilities. Leadership can be lonely, demanding and confusing at times.
This year I did a lot of experiments trying to figure how to build a training department from scratch. I still don’t have it all figured out. But I know I am growing and becoming a better version of myself. I think about where I am now, and sometimes it seems like a dream. Five years ago, I could never have imagined that I would be able to make decisions that would significantly impact an organisation.
It is scary, but I am learning to take one step at a time. I struggled with feeling overwhelmed and dealt with having a few mental breakdowns in the middle of the year. But I am learning to prioritise and not take life too seriously at times.
In July, I turned a year older and got to take another week off from work. It was a well-needed break. I got to spend time with loved ones and celebrate my birthday. I got to try waffles and chicken for the first time at MyYa’s Cafe, and I enjoyed it. It was good to be loved by my family and friends.
My dad turned 70 on October 26th, and I had so much fun planning for the occasion with my siblings and my Mother. Even though my sister and I could not be physically present, we did not let that stop us from having a good time celebrating the young man I call my father. The Zoom Birthday Party was a fantastic event I will forever cherish.
Remembering loved ones
Sadly this year was also a year where many loved ones died. I have not yet cried as I should, but I know it will come. I hold onto the memories of the times we shared and how much of an impact they have had on my life and the lives of others. Their deaths have also made me more reflective as it’s a reminder that life is fragile. So I am choosing to be present in my life. I tend to be lost in my future dreams and miss out on the current happenings. I want to leave behind a strong legacy when my time comes to say goodbye to this earth we briefly call home.
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”― Thomas Campbell
As the year draws to a close in a few hours, I am amazed at the growth. I am thankful to God for the family and friends who surrounded me with love and encouraged me to stay strong in this race called life. While it wasn’t a stroll in the park, I am forever grateful that I am stronger today than I was a year ago.