Justin Blowers

The 2018 year was one that ended up being way more exciting than I had ever anticipated.

I started the year as a senior at Troy University but I’m ending it as a full time employee in my degree field in a great community that’s been super receptive.

In between those, I stressed out over grades, I graduated with a 4.0, had a couple surgeries, suffered the loss of a dear friend and somehow managed to stay relatively on budget during Christmas shopping.

As I review the year, I’m very happy that I managed to keep one thing consistent throughout the entire year: my family.

I can tell you pretty much every little thing my little brothers have done this year and I made sure to see them whenever I could. I talk to my mom on a regular basis and make sure she’s doing fine.

Family has always been a major aspect of life that was impressed upon me at a young age and I’m glad to see that I’ve managed to keep it at the top of my list throughout quite a busy and turbulent year for me.

Looking into the future, I ask myself, “How do I move forward?”

The answer, quite honestly is that I don’t know. I didn’t really expect to have a job right out of college so I’m slightly ahead of my own curve but that doesn’t mean I can’t improve.

Improvement is just one word, but it is also going to be my resolution for the new year. I want to improve as a writer, a big brother and just as a person.

Now all of those could be their own resolution, but being in the newspaper industry, I really enjoy saving the space by keeping it at one word.

Of course another resolution is to keep my family as a top priority in my life. When you’re busy, it can be hard to remember to make time for your family, but I’ve managed it this far so what’s another year?

However, the biggest resolution I need to make is to take a break. It’s one that I think everybody needs to make every now and then. I don’t mean literally take a break from work, but to take a break and reflect on life. Just enjoy the moments and look back at where I’ve come from.

It’s going to be pretty hard to improve anything if I don’t take a break and look back at where I was. I always like to think of it like a long road trip. The road always seems to keep going on and on, like you’re never going to get there.

Then you stop for a snack or something and look at your GPS or map to see how much longer on the trip and just realize that you’ve been through three or four states and hadn’t even realized it. You don’t often recognize how far you’ve gone in the moment.

It’s important to make that rest stop and take a break so you can realize where you’ve come from and where you still need to go.

So as I sit and take the break to reflect on where I’ve come this year, I’d urge everyone to as well. And as I continue through next year, I want to resolve myself to do it more than just once a year.

That resolution will help me stay motivated for my other ones throughout the year as I realize how far I’ve come. Once you realize you’ve started moving, it’s a lot easier to keep moving forward.

Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at sjblowers@southeastsun.com.

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