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Taking On The World

I posted my first blog over two years ago. As we ring in 2015 shortly on the east coast, I've thought about how I've grown and learned over these past two years.

I feel like I was a hot mess when I first joined. As I look back, I realized that I've learned so much from each and every one of you. I enjoy being a part of the site and I do check it often.

I've had setbacks in my friendship with Abigail, but we remain strong. Jessica and I are no longer friends. It bothers me that my mom is still friends with her because I don't like the way Jessica treats my mom and James; however, there's nothing I can do about it.

In 2014, I learned that your soul mate isn't necessarily a romantic partner, but someone who complements you and pushes you forward (as Abigail has). February will mark two years of our friendship, but it feels longer. She's such a wonderful individual. I remember being so upset when she was leaving my workplace, but it's probably the best thing that's happened to me in a really long time.

The gift she gave me last Christmas was so thoughtful and meaningful to our friendship. Her gift this year was also meaningful. It was right up my alley of interests. I bought gifts for her family as they've been so nice and welcoming to me in the time I've known them.

I've also celebrated two birthdays since I joined. Abigail's birthday celebration to me this year was so touching. I will cherish it always.

I also took up tae kwon do this passed semester. I started studying traditional tae kwon do at the university, but when the class ended, I began chung do kwan tae kwon do at a local school (my last instructor works at a school about a two hours drive from my house). I like it a lot better and the art helps me stay calm and focused.

I took the LSAT this summer and, this fall, I struggled to pass the hardest class I've ever taken, but I don't have to repeat it.

I've had falling outs with my parents, but I've learned something recently. I recently saw Night At The Museum: The Secret of the Tomb. The movie was great, but it was the relationship that the main character, Larry, had with his son. Larry wanted his son to pursue a college education (as he was about to graduate from high school), but his son was more interested in taking some time off and spending time abroad.

Robin Williams's character, Teddy, pointed something out to Larry as he vented. Teddy made Larry realize that his son was ready to take on the world. Teddy pointed out that Larry had done his job as a parent. I was moved by this because, to be honest, I feel pretty ready to take on the world. I feel that my parents have taught me a lot as to how I want to live my life. I also have a wonderful best friend and her family. I don't see my family very often, so it's nice to have them and feel at home.

I also continue my journey of healing. I still haven't finished the workbook, but I do intend to do so. I have one more semester of my undergraduate degree and I'd still like to attend law school, but I'll have to see where life takes me. The ride along program at my local police department opened my eyes to a career in law enforcement and it is still something I'm considering.

No matter where life takes me, I'm ready to take on the world. Bring on 2015. I'm ready.

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About Stacey Lannert

Stacey is free. In January 2009, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt commuted her sentence of life without parole. She is currently speaking out about sexual abuse and sharing her message of love, healing and forgiveness.