Friday, 23 December 2016

16 things in 2016


Our years are full of moments: moments that test us, and congratulate us. Moments that surprise us and excite us, and moments that undermine us, or define us. When we are within these moments, we are short-sighted - we see only what lies directly in front of us, and comprehend most fully how those things will affect our immediate future. In fact, this is what struggle is - if we saw every setback and hurdle with the scope and perspective of just how minor things are in the long run, we wouldn't actually struggle at all. (Sounds kind of nice, doesn't it?)

So we struggle - there are moments through each year that test us and threaten to break us (you're still here: you're not broken), yet in hindsight, those are the moments - far more than our successes - that define us.

2016 has been no exception, for any of us. Personally, the struggles I've faced in my own life have been broad, and by no means are they past. Nonetheless, 2016 has taught me a lot - predominantly about myself.

1. Allow more time for change, chance and reward than you thought. It will come.

2. There is nothing more powerful or rewarding than admitting you were wrong.

3. The most valuable people in your life are not necessarily the ones you see the most often.

4. Hard work pays off. Always.

5. Everyone is busy, everyone is tired, everyone is stressed.

6. Learning to accept yourself will take years, but starting now is better than starting tomorrow.

7. The habits you form define you.

8. Don't be afraid to let unhealthy relationships disappear from your life.

9. Putting yourself first is not selfish - it's okay.

10. Being a strong loser is far more important than being a successful winner.

11. There will always be someone who thinks that what you're doing is stupid or impossible.

12. You don't have to know what you want to do - you just have to start doing.

13. Pursue your goals and don't let anyone tell you that it's too far. It's never too far.

14. If anyone can do it, you can.

15. If it matters to you, it matters.

16. The only approval you'll ever need, and should ever care about, is your own.

2016's lessons are valuable - perhaps you can relate, perhaps not. Either way, take note of the things that have arisen and defined the past year for you, embrace them and allow them to shape your attitude as you enter into 2017.

It's not your choice what happens in the next year, but it is your choice how you react to each event.
Make the choice.

Love,
Annabel








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