December ,29 2017
Goodbye 2017, Here’s to 2018

And the story begins as the final days of 2017 come to a close. I consider myself a pretty introspective person. The end of the year seems to magnify this trait, though I know I'm far from the only person to think this way.

Right off the bat, 2017 was an interesting year. There have been a lot of new experiences and good ol' blasts from the past which have all contributed to making this year a pretty impressive one. Overall, there are more things in 2017 I think I accomplished then I regret. Not regretting anything is a good way to be. But, what I mean is that 2017 was the year where I threw caution to the wind and went for it. What is 'it'? Anything.

It comes as no surprise that this attitude comes with a few new lessons learned throughout the year.

  1. Stop waiting around for life to happen. People and things don't magically appear in front of you if you don't act. This is not a fairytale and that's okay.
  2. Real friends make the effort to be there for you. Cut out the negative energy in your life and go on stronger than ever.
  3. Speak up! Better to be heard than bite your tongue.
  4. Be unapologetically yourself. Everyone won't think you're quirks or hobbies are interesting but don't apologize for them.
  5. Know when to stop giving advice. Sometimes giving advice can feel like beating a dead horse. At some point, you have to let go and let people figure it out on their own.
  6. Try your best to be better. Know your flaws and accept them.
  7. Never overplay your hand. Keep certain things close to the chest until they develop more fruitfully.
  8. Push against the borders of your comfort zone. Say yes and try new things.
  9. You can't pursue other peoples' dreams for them. Let everyone pursue their ambitions at their pace. Help them in any way you can if they ask for guidance.
  10. Realize your dreams are going to change. Stagnation is never fun.

Now I have to make sure I take my own advice to heart, haha. Anyway, regardless of what your 2017 was like, I hope 2018 is a productive and happy year for you. I will see you all in the new year.


One thought on “Goodbye 2017, Here’s to 2018

  1. Happy New Year , Novellette
    What a good post to end 2017. You have given lots of incite on how to let go of a old year and embrace a new one. Good lesson advice.
    Best Wishes for all you “go for” in 2018!

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