2020 brought about its fair share of challenges, but former “Bachelorette” Becca Kufrin is thankful for the lessons they taught her.
Taking to Instagram on Friday, Kufrin reflected on the life-altering year, which included her split from fiancé Garrett Yrigoyen.
“2020. Man, you gave me a run for my money,” the 30-year-old began. “You have challenged me in ways I never thought possible. You changed the trajectory of my life, you took several people I loved away, & you pushed me to the point where I almost broke. But I didn’t.
“And after all the hell that’s taken place within 365 days, all I have to say is thank you,” she continued.
Kufrin said she is grateful for the hardships experienced, as she found “a certain strength that I never knew I had hidden deep within me.”
“Thank you for making me uncomfortable. Thank you for forcing tough conversations,” Kufrin continued. “Thank you for teaching the world to wash its damn hands. Thank you for making our country really stop & listen to our hurting brothers & sisters.”
Kufrin also thanked 2020 for “breaking my heart & allowing me to put the pieces back together in the most weird, but customized way.”
“Thank you for being a cocoon that is slowly morphing into a butterfly. You rocked me, but ya couldn’t fully knock me. And even through all of the sorrow, pain, & uncertainty, it’s been the most memorable & important year that I’ve experienced in my 30 years,” she penned.
In September, Kufrin confirmed on the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast that she and Yrigoyen had parted ways. Rumors of a split first circulated over the summer.
“I don’t think it’s going to come as a shock to anyone, but Garrett and I have decided to end our engagement,” Kufrin said at the time.
Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen in June 2019Getty Images
Kufrin, who got engaged to Yrigoyen on Season 14 of “The Bachelorette” in 2018, added Friday that 2020 taught her “not to settle.”
“You taught me more compassion. You taught me how to push through adversity. You taught me that there is so much more than the bubble I’ve always lived in. You taught me to embrace the zooms (business on top, party on the bottom). You taught me to find my voice & not give a damn about speaking out about what I support,” Kufrin wrote.
“You taught me to listen. You taught me to not take breaths for granted. You taught me that there’s still a lot of work to be done everywhere in this country & to help more & never stop. You taught me that it’s okay to not do & say everything perfectly, but to have the courage to learn & grow from my mistakes, ignorance and privilege,” she continued.
Before signing off, Kufrin added she’s ready for a new year of opportunities.
“2020, it’s been a love/hate relationship & I’m grateful for all you’ve shown me, but now it’s time we go our separate ways. I’ll never forget our time together, but it’s not me, it’s you. Bye. 2021 LFG,” she posted.