In just a few short weeks, 2017 will be coming to an end. And what a year it was. 2017 was one of the most eventful years of my life. There were extreme highs and lows. There was success; there was loss. There was travel, there were challenges, there were decisions. And in this past year I learned so much. Here are ten of those things:
- You are your longest companion: It is important to do what is best for you. As a people-pleaser, I tend to put others before myself, but sometimes you need to learn to say ‘no’ and do what will suit you best in the long run. You’re the only one who’s with you all the time.
- Love ain’t easy: It isn’t just romantic partners who can break your heart. Friends, family, really anyone can turn out to be different than what you thought. But just because relationships aren’t always easy doesn’t mean they aren’t worth your time. True relationships are the best ones.
- Pick and choose your battles: Sometimes, you just have to settle in life. And if you aren’t willing to settle, you will spend years chasing unattainable goals and ultimately wind up feeling unhappy. Now, this isn’t always the case…surely, you should set goals and aim to achieve them! But, no one is the best at everything, and trying to be is no way to live.
- Worrying makes you suffer twice: Stressing out does more harm than good. If you can approach intimidating situations calmly, you will be able to handle stressful times so much better.
- Have hope: Have a little faith that everything will get better and it will. A positive mindset will take you far in life!
- When in doubt, jam out: When I wake up in a ‘blah’ mood, I make a point of jamming out to Mr. Brightside on full blast on my way to school. There are so many little ways to pick yourself up when you’re down; a happy anthem is just one.
- Just say hi: Sometimes, my social anxiety takes over and I can’t even find it within myself to approach someone and start a conversation. But the thing is, I rarely regret it. You will never regret just saying hi; you might make someone’s day.
- Measure twice, cut once: This is a sewing rule of thumb, but also translates well into real life: think twice before you act.
- Your time will come: There will be weeks when you hit a crossroads and things just really suck for a little bit. But that slump doesn’t last forever. Learn to embrace that you’re having a crappy time, but know that better things are on the way.
- Say yes: If it isn’t dangerous or mean, say yes. Life is meant to be lived; don’t spend it hiding in the corner.
There you have it, those are ten lessons I learned this year. This year is flying by, but I have cherished every minute of it.
I love you guys.
Thanks for reading!