More Than A New Year's Resolution
This year went by so fast! It’s amazing to me how time used to stand still when I was younger. All I could think about was when I would get my driver’s license or what college would I attend.
2017 was full of excitement and angst from health care reform to natural disasters to social justice movements. It was a dynamic year.
Along the way, I learned some of the hardest lessons involving friendship, sacrifice, health and resilience. Heck, life’s realities in general. I’m sure you could say the same for yourself and your experiences over the last year.
It’s customary to want to reflect and make a proclamation of self-improvement in the coming year or to draft a list of to-dos. In fact, I had a tough time even writing this post. Swirls of thoughts were overlapping each other about my year in summary and what that meant for next year. Lots of questions with little to no resolution.
But that’s when I reminded myself to focus on what I can control.
In 2018, and beyond, my goal will be to continue down the path of self-awareness. I’ve found it to be enormously helpful, not only personally, but also, professionally. Many times, self-awareness is viewed as a ‘myth’ or the ‘journey of finding yourself’. I view self-awareness as getting to know yourself, flaws and all. It’s being able to look objectively at your experiences and your reactions to those events. Then, identifying your strengths and pointing out where you may have fallen short. I’d even take it a step further: figure out what's the best path forward and the steps needed to get there.
Whether it’s mending an old relationship, tending to a health issue or facing buried emotions, there’s no time like the present to get to work. I bet if you gave yourself three minutes of silence, then you could come up with at least two things to get started on.
The hardest part is to start the process, but the reward is healing, growth and of course, self-awareness. Think of it as another tool in your toolbox when faced with the journey of life. And believe me, we can all use a little help every now and then.
As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, whether you’re toasting champagne with family and friends, or quietly reading a book, get ready to fill your mind with positivity in 2018.
Opportunity will find you if you’re ready to receive it.
Cheers && see you in 2018!