HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!
Wow! I know everyone says this, but I truly can't believe another year has gone by!! It feels like just yesterday I was planning my 21st birthday party.....and now I'm 22 and have finished my first uni degree!!
I can't say that the past year has flown by though.....so much has happened it feels like it was a huge year that sorta dragged on at the end =P. 2011 was a huge year for me - packed full of fun, laughter, tears, heart-break, travel, broken bones (=P), regrets (that really shouldn't be regrets =P), triumphs, failures, achievements, firsts.....and it was all worth it. To look at myself now and seeing how far I have come brings a sense of contentment with myself. I'm sure alot of you can empathise with me. 2011 for me was mainly about some-what of a self-actualisation process. I wasn't happy with where I was at with things, and so it was about doing stuff for me, doing what I wanted to do and doing what I believed was best for myself. I also mean this in the most self-less way possible haha (sounds very contradictory doesn't it =P). But what I guess I mean is that sometimes, you have to think about YOURSELF, whether you like it or not. I know it sounds selfish, but when faced with a situation where your well-being is concerned, it's time to stop thinking about how your actions will impact on others...... throughout your lifetime there is only ONE person absolutely GUARANTEED to be there with you for life, and that is YOURSELF. If you're not happy with yourself or where you're at with things in life, the only person that's gonna be able to do something about it YOU, and sometimes you have to do things that others may not be happy with.....but it's your life, make of what you will. Stop thinking about how others are acting or what they are doing because everyone is different and acts accordingly. You may find it useful to get people's opinions on something, but sometimes too much advice can cloud your judgement and leave you even more confused...
In saying that I must say that friends and family have played an important role in 2011 for me (as they do every year haha). I seriously don't know what I would do without them, I cherish their presence in my life everyday.
Along the self-actualisation trail, 2011 made me realise that we only have ONE life, so you are worth all that effort. Taking the time to take care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally is definitely a huge huge investment. Life is too short to sit around feeling sorry for yourself. And to that end, you are only young once SO GO WILD!! I don't know how many adults have come up to me in recent times, carrying a baby in one and arm and a snotty little toddler hanging off the other, and begged me to do everything I have ever wanted to do, before I get married and have kids and all that comes with it.....that itself is enough drive for me to take care of myself and go out and have a bit of fun ;). Dressing up, going out, feeling great - most of us only do this while we're young, so make the most of it!! Even travelling - near or far!! Travelling as an adult with a family is verrrrryyy different to travelling while your young - you could go to the same country at different ages and have very different experiences. Some of my best memories of 2011 have been from the places I've been - Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sri Lanka.....I'm so glad I booked my trip to Thailand and London, because I know I'll be going back later in my life and I'm sure that my experiences will be very different. I'm so looking forward to future travel plans in 2012 and beyond!!
This is also the only time most of us will have a disposable income, so doing all those things I've wanted to do has never been easier! So 2011 was also a year of splurging =P (and by the looks of it 2012 will be very similar hahaha).
Another thing 2011 has taught me is that sometimes it's easier to DO rather than THINK. I think I've said this over and over to people, and it is probably the main piece of advice I would give to anyone. For example, it's easier to just go for a run, rather than think about whether you want to do it or not. Once you get started it gets easier to continue from there on in, sorta like getting the ball rolling. Of course, this doesn't apply to every situation i.e. should you buy the second-hand Corolla and save money, or blow all your savings on a new Merc =P....some decisions take time and careful thinking. But i guess its the little things, like cleaning your room, exercising, any resolution of some sort that is like a barrier. If you wanna get your shit together, don't sit there thinking about how you want things to be.....LESS think MORE do. Like the famous Nike slogan JUST DO IT!
Don't expect things to change immediately. Everything takes time. Patience really is a virtue. And admittedly a pain in the ass. And it is so worth it in the end.
Annnnd having said that, 2011 also taught me to never regret the decisions that you make, just live with it and know that you did that for a reason (and hopefully it was a good and valid reason). As long as you can justify to yourself why you did it, and that justification is not far fetched, then there's no reason to regret. Even if it is very tenuous reasoning process, remember that the only person you're fooling or convincing is yourself....
But I think the main thing that 2011 taught me was to go with the flow =D. Sometime it's nice to stop looking back on the past, thinking about regrets, or better times, because I think this holds us back in terms of moving forward WITH life....and it's also good to stop thinking about what the future holds, especially if you're a real pessimist =P. Just live in the moment.
Incidentally, 2011 also showed me that a debit card is indeed NOT a credit card (and should NEVER be mistaken for one or you'll be in serious shit =P), you really can meet nice people in nightclubs, and faking it till you make it really does work hahaha ;)
On another note, 2011 was especially awesome because I started my very first blog (yay!) and I have loved where it has taken me. It has led me to a more fulfilling life in terms of doing things I like to do, pursuing hobbies and interests I probably would have shoved to the bottom of my to-do list. I'm so glad I started it and I look forward to the awesome creative avenues and interesting places it will take me to this year!
Sorry this is a very long-winded post and very prep-talky and like sisterhood advice. But I felt the need to share how awesome 2011 was for me and I hope it was for you too. May 2012 bring with it an equally if not more fulfilling year for all of us, and may we all achieve what we want from life and live it to the fullest =D xx
P.S. Just to end, my fav song of 2011 =) (even though technically it was released in 2010, Australia is way behind in the music scene, but meh =P)