While 2015 is not yet over, one of the NaBloPoMo prompts from last week was all about lessons learned as a child. I, however, feel I have learned more in the last year than any other…
1. Life goals don’t mean anything if you aren’t prepared to work for them. Nothing usually just happens – a dream can only be fulfilled with hard-work, dedication, and often some level of sacrifice.
2. Taking the time to appreciate the little things is often more beneficial than looking at the big picture. While I’m lucky in that I have lots of things to look forward to in the future, I have learned this year to be more aware of a moment as I am living it. Hot bubble baths, cuddles with The Bloke and the cats, a great film, a well-written book or blog post, a beautiful meal, a funny conversation with a friend, a lovely view – they all add up to making an otherwise mediocre day far more special.
3. It is never usually possible to truly know and totally rely on anybody. In most instances, this is not a negative thing – everyone has their own lives and different priorities, and it is important to maintain one’s independence without putting expectations onto others. However, this year in particular I have learned not to rely on others being there, and not assume that I categorically know what someone else is really thinking and feeling.
4. Worrying about something will not fix the problem, and it’s always important to work out how much of the problem is actually within your control before you do anything about it.
5. Things happen for a reason. Over the last year I have been left feeling disappointed when various things have gone seemingly wrong, only to discover that it was actually for the best.
6. Happiness is not something that can be obtained, it just ‘is.’ While many spend their lives in the pursuit of happiness, I am learning instead about the joy of pursuit.
7. Your instincts are your friend and you should trust them. I’ve started to listen to my gut reaction to things far more this year, and have often been proven to be right in doing so.
8. Sometimes, it’s ok to sit down and do nothing by yourself. I know so many people who fill their lives with things just for the sake of doing them, and it exhausts me just thinking about it. Of course, becoming a couch potato is not good either, but taking some time for yourself occasionally provides the opportunity to recharge the batteries.
9. Doing something good for someone else is always a reward in itself, but this year I have been more careful not to be taken advantage of.
10. It is possible to quit your job, change your life and run a half – marathon in just seven months.
What about you guys? What life lessons have you learned this year?
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