• brejaminperkins

Relax and Enjoy


December 31, 2017.

I didn't come to full peace with this past year until today... a few hours ago to be exact.

2017 submerged me into adulthood in a way I could not have prepared for. It brought me unexpected, yet extremely needed, travel and vacation out of the country. It forced me to reconnect with God and grow deeper in my faith and spirituality. It helped further prove to me and others that you don't always need to be announced "the" winner... to truly be a winner. It's shown me what I do and don't want in a career, and that it’s ok to change your mind. Having it all figure out is overrated. It's proved to me that I am strong. It's forced me to acknowledge and tackle head on feelings of depression, anxiety and sadness. Mental health is so important! It's drawn me closer to my family, the only thing in life that really matters. It made me cry, a lot. It made me smile. It made me complain. It made get down on my knees and pray. It reminded me that love, true Godly orchestrated love, will come in due time. It threw me back in the gym and made me rediscover what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. It made me regret spending 4(5) years of my life in college pursuing a degree that doesn't promise the best income initially.

It further proved to me that everything is going to be okay and the battle is not mine to conquer alone.

Last night I ordered Chinese food, my second time eating it this week. Upon finishing I was so excited to crack open the fortune cookie. Considering the New Year, I was hoping to get some extremely profound and promising fortune like:

"You will hit the lottery soon"

"Amazing new job on the way"

"Ring in 2018"

Something to get me all excited. But no… the paper in my cookie said, RELAX AND ENJOY. That’s it. Three words. I was disappointed to say the least. But during a brief conversation today with my mother, it was confirmed that the message in that cookie was indeed for me.

Cheers to 2018 and all that it will bring. Here's to relaxing and enjoying. New beginnings are beautiful and should be appreciated. Not everyone gets the chance to see another day or start over.

You and I have that chance. Entering 2018 with a humble and grateful heart.

Talk to ya on the other side!


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