What I’ve learned in 2011…

Taken in the Bahamas, 2011.

About the photo above: The man you see is my lover, my dear friend.
We have taught each other many, many things, and I can’t wait to learn and see more of the world with him.

With 2011 coming to an end soon, I have to admit that this year was a hard year. It was difficult because 2010 was an even harder year. But, I learned a lot. We learned a lot. We traveled a lot, seeing Charleston, New York City, Orlando, Berkeley/San Francisco, Los Angeles (home), Las Vegas (second home), Washington, DC, and the Bahamas. In 2011, we moved across country, from one coast to another, to find ourselves, and find ourselves we did. We’re still learning, still trying. It was a good, really fun, beautiful year—one of adventures, one of exploring, one of learning, one of forgiving—a year filled so many things… With disappointments and forgiveness, laughter and heartbreak, love and sadness, thankfulness and reunification. Here’s to 2012, here’s to a hopeful homecoming, here’s to living, learning, and loving.

To end, this is what I learned in 2011:

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

— Maya Angelou


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