So here we are again at the end of another year. 2017 has actually gone by extremely fast for me–so fast in fact that I had barely reflected on the past year or even thought about resolutions for 2018. It wasn’t until yesterday that I really started thinking about what I want for myself in the coming year.
I was sitting with my dad, and he asked me “are you living life to the fullest?” I automatically said yes, partly because I didn’t want my dad to think I was lame or feel bad for me for saying no, and partly because it’s true…well, partly true.
I had a pretty good year in 2017, but there were a number of things that I wish had gone differently for me. I wish I hadn’t given up on myself as many times as I did this year, and I wish that I stuck up for myself more. Today, in a separate conversation with my dad he told me, “No one will look out for you more than you will look after yourself” (my dad is very wise). This simple sentence hit me like a ton of bricks.
On the last day of 2017 I learned the best lesson to takeaway from this year and to guide me throughout next year: For me to truly live my life to the fullest, I have to make it happen myself. I can’t just wait for opportunities to fall in my lap, nor can I shy away from opportunities for fear of rejection. I have to dive in head first, and not let anything stop me from achieving my goals.
I wrote down my New Year’s Resolutions and goals for 2018 in a notebook that I will keep with me all year long. I plan to track my progress and adjust my habits as necessary to make sure that I hit my goals for myself. 2018 is coming, and I am ready for it. Are you?
Happy New Year!