• Ike Ukazu

2022, Here We Go

So much freaking crap has happened in this year. I feel like I've grown more this year than I have in the past couple of years.

This year, I've embraced the path of trying new things and going my own way in order to find things that makes my soul sing.

I, for one, am thankful for 2021 for the wisdom I have ascertained from it. Was it pretty? Not in the slightest. I took some bruises this year. For real. Had some dating mishaps. And learned limitations about myself when it came to leadership.

But I'm thankful for all of that. My relationship with God has grown stronger than it ever has been. In order to do that, I had to learn how to find my own answers and embark on my own Journey.

One of the hardest things about me embarking on my own journey of self discovery has been not always having immediate affirmation from an organization or a group or even a lover. It's in those moments where I have been thankful to have friends and family who have been with me longer than some of the organizations and groups I've been involved with to let me know where I stand and to give me a solid footing.

What I've learned is how to trust myself and to trust in the knowledge I have gained over the years. I've learned how to trust how something feels in my spirit. I like to call it intuition. It's that moment that I feel when I'm going on my own way and my spirit cries out within that this is where I am supposed to be.

At the end of the day, you are the only company that you will always be with. You are always going to be with you. Your friends and family are not always going to be there. For sure, the organization you're with and some of the acquaintances that you've met are certainly not going to be there for you. With that being said, the greatest relationship that you have to build is the one with yourself and of course, as a man of faith, I believe the one that you have with God.

I'm slowly learning how to let go in many aspects. I'm learning how to let go of others expectations. I'm learning how to let go of others opinions. In a spiritual context, I'm learning how to let go of my plans and things that I want for the life that God has created for me. I'm learning how to experience life as it comes and to enjoy whatever the present moment presents.

As for a theme for next year. It's going to be purpose. I'm still the kid who has dreams to change the world and even if not all the dreams happen, I'm at least going to have fun trying to see what sticks lol.

What have you learned this year?

What will be your focus for 2022? What word comes to mind?

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