And just like that, another year has come and gone. Is it just me, or does time seem to go quicker the older you get? I vividly remember being a child and enjoying long hot summer months that went on and on without an end, but now I blink and I am already booking things for this fall. I guess this is just one of the many negative things that happens as you grow older (like paying rent, never having any money and eating junk food)
Anyways, enough talking about obvious things and let’s get cracking with this post which as you can tell, it is one of those little chatty ones I do from time to time.
For me, I don’t see January as the start of a new chapter, but just the continuation to whatever stage I am currently in. I feel like we are so caught up with the idea of ‘fresh starts’ that we forget that we can actually have these at any stage throughout the year. I also feel like for most of us, and for most of our goals, 12 months is simply not enough. Sure enough we all need a combination of short and long term goals, but in theory, our way of life and our big dreams simply require much more time and effort. It is all about having the right mindset. So let’s talk about that more.
Mindset. The past year was a funny one for me – I had a few ups and plenty of downs, but my mindset was nowhere as bad as it was the year before, so even though many worse things happened in 2017 than in 2016, I was generally in a better place mentally. Entering 2018 and I can already see that it is going to be a very tough year but I already have the correct mindset to know and understand this and to prepare for what it is to come. I know that if I do things well, if I plan ahead and deal with the few battles I have, then 2019 should finally give me the break I need. And this is the key idea here: having goals and hopes. I think hope is a key element when dealing with bad situations, as it is the light that keeps on shining when we are lost within the darkness. As my Dad always says; keep the good work and everything will fall into place.
Another point I wish I learnt sooner in life and that I am only now realising is that everyone’s pace is different. Yes, little did I know I was going to be in the situation than I am in now (I will eventually talk about that later in the year) but not everything has been a failure. I am in a better position than most people, and I have health, amazing friends, a loving family, a roof over my head and a job I enjoy. I really cannot complain. Yes, I may not be financially stable or have my own home, or a successful career, but life needs to be measured differently – emotions and memories are what makes us human and what keeps us alive. The rest shall follow when the time is right. At the end of the day, material things are left behind when we leave this Earth – all we will have is the memories we made.
And last but by no means least, this year is the year of first times. This is one of my biggest struggles and something I am currently working hard to overcome. I want to try new experiences, do a million new things and fail at a million new things. The fear of the unknown shouldn’t stop me or anyone in trying something new. You never know what is around the corner and if it goes wrong, then at least you can say you’ve tried. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, and if there is only one thing you do this year, make it this one. Be brave and be yourself.
I would like to end this little chatty post by saying that this year may or not be our best one, but we will live it to the fullest and do the very best that we can. I have met some lovely people in these past year through this blog and I am proud to say that there are still amazing and loving people out there that make our world a little better each day. Be one of these people, be the light in the darkness. And when feeling down, these two quotes always help me put things into perspective – I hope they help you too.