in 2012 i came to grips that i had a huge issue with control. in 2013, i learned to change.

above is the serenity prayer. in its entirety it is:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

2012 was a year for me to be okay with things i did not like or approve of. i made decisions based off of what i thought i was supposed to do, not what i felt and believed and wanted to do. may 2013 was the first time i felt courage to change something i could, and in turn that decision changed my life forever.

as previously stated, i think change is important. if we do not change, that means we are not growing thus we are stagnant. a lot happened this year that was out of my control (or was the result of decisions i made in 2012) but rather than try to fix these things i accepted them. i could not change them. i could change my perspective and my outlook. i feel like this was the first year i was given the wisdom to know what i could and could not change to make me happy, and if it was not something that i could change then it was something i had serenity and peace in knowing it served a purpose for my life. 

i think the serenity prayer is vital and applicable to everyone. i hope that in 2014 i say this prayer daily, and maybe you do too.