With the end of the year looming, people generally find themselves reflecting on the months that have just passed and making plans for the next twelve. I often feel as though people look back on the year that’s just gone and dwell on the bad situations. I remember writing an article about resolutions last year (that can be found here if you’re interested, but I’ll talk about that more in a paragraph or two), and really getting disappointed in some people and how they behave come late-December.
While I’m not one for resolutions, and never have been, I remember setting myself a simple goal for 2014: focus on good, don’t dwell on bad, and write as much as you possibly can. And as the year comes to a close, I can say that I well and truly adhered to that goal. I did more this year than I ever could have imagined. I made myself scared, angry, nervous and excited. But more importantly, I made myself proud. I look back and remember the wonderful opportunities that I’ve had, rather than thinking about the fact that it really has been quite a tough year for me. I have done (almost) all that I possibly could this year, and jumped at (almost) every opportunity available to me. And with that, I want to write down just one simple point for next year. I’m not calling it a resolution, as I believe they’re destined to fail, so let’s call it my goal.
Do Things That Scare You
The two “(almost)”’s that were in the previous paragraph are the direct result of me being too scared and lacking confidence. I didn’t try to achieve certain things purely because I was scared. And I don’t want to let that happen again. In 2015 I will do things that scare me. I will apply for things I’m not completely qualified for, I will write about things I don’t usually write about, and I will grab hold of every single possible opportunity that comes my way. Because I never know what will happen.
On another note, I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has stuck by me and tiahnwrite for these last few months. I’m so proud of myself for being consistent, and am so glad that apparently some people other than my mum like reading my posts (although don’t go thinking that I don’t appreciate you, Els!). I’ve really loved writing so often, and in the next year I’d love to incorporate more of what people who read my blog want to see. If you have any suggestions/recommendations/requests for next year, PLEASE do leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to get it out. I appreciate every single person who has read at least one of my posts over the last few months, and everyone who has taken the time to like/share/follow this little bloggy baby of mine.
When I wrote the aforementioned article, one particular quote will always be up there with some of my favourite things I’ve written. I think it adequately sums up how I feel about “ugh can’t wait for this year to be over” statuses, and it always helps me to reflect on some of the really beautiful times I’ve had over the past year. I will leave you with this:
We see things with a closed mind, and with a poor memory. We look back on the heartaches and disappointments, but don’t remember the days where we woke up next to the ones we loved, and started the day by seeing their faces. We remember all the tiny stresses of our daily lives, but seem to forget the days with beautiful weather that made us happy to be alive. We remember the insignificant bad times that built up to make us sad, but tend to forget the small things that brightened our otherwise grey days.
Huge love and thanks. Have a wonderfully safe New Year.