by Sara Onitsuka
More than Christmas or any other holiday, New Year’s has always held a special significance for my family and me. Having grown up with Japanese culture and traditions, I see New Year’s as a chance to both honor the passing year and welcome in the new one. A reminder to pause, reflect on, and evaluate your life.
I leave behind 2017, a year of both growth and unexpected turmoil, with complicated feelings. Post-college adulthood is coming up on me quick (I graduate this May), and luckily I do feel as though I greatly matured in 2017, and learned some valuable, grounding, and occasionally harsh lessons. Although I’ve learned so much, I still start 2018 with more questions than answers. It feels like some of these questions are dangling right above my head like ripe fruit, as if I could reach their answer if I stretched a little further. Others may be questions I will ask myself again and again through life.
Through reflecting on the old year and looking forward to the new one, I have gathered a list of some lessons and questions. Perhaps I can make this a yearly ritual - not just thinking about these things, but writing them down to look over again the next year and years to come. I hope you can gain something from the thoughts I am sharing as well, even if my exact life situations don’t apply to you.
So here is my list of things I learned in 2017 and things I still haven't been able to answer.