Things To Take From 2017

I listed a few things I learned from 2017 to welcome the year 2018.I hope to bear these learnings with me throughout, and that somehow it shines upon others too.

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I listed a few things (well, 18 things) I learned from 2017 to welcome the year 2018. These come first-hand, as I had been through pretty rough road in the past year. Can’t say it’s totally over, but hey, I’m still here, waking up everyday, doing what I have to. I hope to bear these learnings with me throughout, and that somehow it shines upon others too. Here goes…

  1. Change is never easy. Just learn to catch up on it and the way is never lost.
  2. Hope can be a dangerous thing. But it can also save one person from drowning. Hold on to it as long as it motivates you achieve things—from the simplest goals to your biggest dreams.
  3. Love doesn’t always come in the form of sweet words, flowers and chocolates. It prevails mostly when the relationship and each individual hit the bottom rock; when they give comfort, support, and choose to stay with each other figuring things out together like a team, no matter how shitty things could get.
  4. Depression is real. But so is faith.
  5. There will be times, days, weeks, or even months, when we feel like the universe conspire to make our lives the worst case possible. But one thing it teaches us is that there will always be a tomorrow, allowing us to heal, move on and make the situation better.
  6. When you find that you can no longer help yourself, seek one from a friend, a family member, or from anyone. Facing things on your own may teach you to become independent, but it doesn’t hurt to put your guards and pride down at some point, allowing outside perspective in. No man is an island.
  7. When we fuck up, allow ourselves to think or maybe even brood about the bad decisions we made. Never be afraid to offer apologies to the ones we have wronged or crossed with. Push ourselves to do better the next time we get the chance to make up for the mistake. Then get over it.
  8. Doesn’t it feel good when someone makes us happy? But happiness is still and will always be the best when it comes from ourselves.
  9. What we give, doesn’t always come trotting back to us. It doesn’t work that way, nor it ever will. Some of the efforts or sacrifices are possibly meant to be left suspended in the air, and some thrown out in the void without us being sure whether or not it’s been received at all. Reciprocation isn’t for the daily; at least not the way we stubbornly expected it to be.
  10. A simple smile can go a long way.
  11. Shed light to those in the dark as much as you can. Not because you expect them to do the same for you when you’re in the situation, but just because. Man it feels good.
  12. When you love someone, say it. Make them feel that way. There’s no shame in it. Seize the moment, water and grow your feelings. Life is short. Waiting for the “right time” is bullshit. Who knows? They—or you—might be completely gone by tomorrow.
  13. Nobody is perfect. But we can always be the better version of ourselves today from yesterday.
  14. Don’t bottle up emotions. When you’re happy, be free to laugh and act silly. When sad, give yourself a little time to cope, but do not get stuck in it. When angry, pause, breathe and think. Act upon your emotions, but don’t get so hung up on it.
  15. There’s always a rainbow after the rain. The sun will come shining after the storm. Cliches, but fuck yes.
  16. Always see the good in everything. If you can’t, perhaps there’s something to be learned from it instead. If not, just appreciate and never take life’s simplest pleasures and privilege for granted.
  17. People don’t come with a neon sign telling us to be cautiously gentle on them because they are going through tough times. Each person we encounter day by day are fighting battles of their own. Learn to be more patient and forgiving.
  18. LIFE is a CHOICE.