As the year draws to a close, we often take a look at the map of the journey we’ve plotted this year. There might be a few patches of uphill struggle. There might be a few circles, and even a few dead ends. Or maybe a lot. Nonetheless, we should be proud of ourselves and how far we’ve come. Because no matter where we are, our map shows that we tried, we conquered, we learnt something. We remained strong and determined. And sometimes we fell apart and it was ok. We should be proud of what we’ve achieved, no matter how small or how trivial, they seem, even if it’s just bring proud that we didn’t give up on ourselves. Because our achievements have made us into who we are today and who we can be tomorrow. Celebrate those moments and use them as your fuel to make yourself proud next year.
Sometimes we get stuck in our own ways. We can become comfortable, predictable and complacent. And as a result we can lose our passion, drive and creativity. Sometimes we need to disrupt the routine. Whether it’s to test out another strategy, to take a break to find a fresh perspective, or to have the courage to do what we’ve always wanted, we can reignite our energy, innovation and positivity. Sometimes we need to reinvigorate ourselves and kick start our life when it gets a little too slow and familiar.
We all have an endless supply of blank spaces to fill. Spaces to shape who we are. Spaces to discover and explore. Spaces to learn and think. Spaces to try and fall and try again. Spaces to imagine and build. We all have endless opportunities, possibilities, and fates. We’re not stuck on one road or labelled as one person. We can be whoever we want to be, do whatever we want to do, and more. Let’s not limit ourselves. Let’s let go. Let’s make the most of it. Dwell in possibility and fill those blank spaces.
It’s never too late. To say sorry. To be honest. To try again. To change your mind. To learn a lesson. To turn around. To alter your perceptions.To be who you might have been. To be who you want to be. We can always start now, no matter how old we are, how tied down we are, or how scared we are. We’ll never know unless we try. It’s never too late. Give it a go.
It’s simple enough to say ‘love what you do’. But in reality, it’s not as easy. To get to a place where you love what you do, it might mean dipping into something and figuring out it’s not for you. Yes, it might mean enduring jobs we loathe and people we despise. Yes, it might mean rerouting and uprooting. But when we love what we do, we exude passion and energy. And that’s when we get results. That’s when we transcend boundaries. That’s where the line is drawn between those who make change and those who live in the shadows. That’s when we can look back and smile.
Mistakes. Some might say that they lessen with age. But truthfully, as we get older, we just get more afraid of trying and failing. So we stop putting ourselves out there. But we need to let go of this perception that mistakes are bad. There is no such thing as a bad mistake – with only one exception. The worst mistake we can make is to not forgive others or ourselves for mistakes. Sometimes good people make bad choices. Sometimes people make mistakes with good intentions. Sometimes people don’t mean to at all. Including us. If we try to avoid making mistakes, we’ll just end up avoiding life. And life goes on, whether you want to follow it or not. Make sure it doesn’t leave you behind.
Take it one day at a time. Contrary to what we might think, one day is enough. We can take a step further in the direction we’re headed. Or we might choose to change our destination. We can take a breath, re-evaluate, re-energise. We can take a look around and marvel at the world. We can take a moment to look back and see how far we’ve come. We can take any unnecessary burdens off our shoulders. Or we might pick up new treasures to cherish. Every day is a chance to start, end, try, fail, wonder, accomplish, and enjoy. So much can happen in a day. Don’t underestimate them. And most of all, don’t waste them.