Authenticity is the state of being completely and unapologetically yourself. All of us strive to find some sort of idea of who we are. However, how often do we find ourselves putting up a mask or acting in some way that is not true to who we are?
The rain had finally slowed to a stop and the forests atmosphere tugged me towards the looming trees. I made my way into the woods with my camera in hand – ready to start creating. After such a long time, I was about to make my dreams a reality.
The fog rolled in over the hills and clung heavily to the ground below. The gloomy and overcast day was quickly drawing to a close and I was being drawn into the out of doors. School has occupied all of my time that day and I was still slaving away when I noticed how the beautiful evening light turned the entire world blue.
When I began my journey into 2019 I knew, somewhat, that it wouldn’t be like any year before. I would be starting college and completing my 52 week project. January 1st, 2019 was the start of a new chapter in my life. I just didn’t know what exactly that would entail.
What a journey.
These 52 weeks have been some of the busiest, most stressful yet fulfilling weeks of my life. When I started the project at the beginning of 2018 I wasn’t fully aware how big of a commitment I had just made. I essentially dedicated every waking moment of every day to this project. It, very quickly, became a huge part of my life.
Time is a delicate thing.
Every moment that passes us by is gone forever. We cannot stop the flow of time. There is nothing we can do to change what has happened and there is no way to tell what will happen. Often it seems like we are at the mercy of a ticking clock, unable to slow its pace or control what is happening.
A year ago when I turned sixteen I decided to set 17 goals for myself to accomplish before I turned seventeen (you can read more about what motivated me to do this challenge through this link). They were difficult to accomplish and I must admit that I had to replace a few of the goals with something else when I realized how impossible they had become. But nonetheless I accomplished 17 things within a year and now on my birthday I want to share with you exactly what they were and how I managed to accomplished them.