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.
- 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.
- Real friends make the effort to be there for you. Cut out the negative energy in your life and go on stronger than ever.
- Speak up! Better to be heard than bite your tongue.
- Be unapologetically yourself. Everyone won't think you're quirks or hobbies are interesting but don't apologize for them.
- 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.
- Try your best to be better. Know your flaws and accept them.
- Never overplay your hand. Keep certain things close to the chest until they develop more fruitfully.
- Push against the borders of your comfort zone. Say yes and try new things.
- 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.
- 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.