Can you believe we’re already halfway through the first month of 2017! For me the year 2016 will go down in my books as one of the strangest years yet but thank God I lived to see the end of it. The year where the unthinkable happened in the world of politics and international relations, a novice was elected as the president of the US, Britain voted to leave the EU etc. All this has left the global atmosphere feeling rather tense and icy.
Now, in regards to my personal life things were also very, interesting. In 2016 I graduated from university with a Chinese and Business degree, competed in a major pageant in the UK, moved back home officially after 4 years etc. But I learned valuable life lessons that I’ll strive to take with me throughout 2017 and beyond. Thought I’d share with you.
1. Be positive
Having a positive mind-set makes all the difference when you’re facing challenges. One thing I’ve come to realise is that it takes more energy to think positively, for some reason negative thoughts come to us effortlessly. It’s our job to reject it and say out loud “TODAY I CHOOSE HAPPINESS!”, even though you really want to punch someone and scream, breathe and “CHOOSE HAPPINESS”.
I have had to work hard to actively develop and maintain a positive mind-set, with all the things that occurred in the world, my experiences on my year abroad (will go into detail in a later post), it wasn’t easy. But I believe it’ll get easi-er.
2. Success takes time and that is ok
Don’t despise small and humble beginnings. We’re in a rush to get to places that take years to get to. In a rush to live in houses that take time to build. The problem with us ‘milennials’ is that we are deluded and out of touch with the realities of life. As of the 31st December 2016 at 11:59pm, I decided to get real. I wanted to start a business one day and the next make a million pounds. But life doesn’t work like that mate. Funny enough my experience in the MUGB 2016 pageant competition taught me that.
A part of the problem lies with us vicariously living false lives through the people we follow on social media, we want their reality and the harsh truth is that we can’t because even what they put out is exaggerated. Most importantly, many aren’t honest with how they got to where they are, truth is its taken them years, blood, sweat and tears. My advice: Take it easy young blood, work hard, be consistent, drink green tea, stay motivated and everything will fall into place.
3. Amidst the chaos, make sure to maintain your peace of mind
Can I just reiterate? Even when chaos is going on around you, please remember that your mental health is so important to maintain and keep healthy. I learnt this the hard way. Stressed and with the weight of the world on my shoulder I developed acne (clearing away now, Yay!) and I looked beat up. Carrying the weight of the world does not do you any favours, find something that makes you happy and anytime you feel like you’re heading down the wrong path. For me it’s going for a walk and looking up at the sky. It puts things into perspective, makes me feel small, and as a Christian it reminds me that there is no problem too big for God to solve; I mean he made this whole Earth! He can easily fix whatever it is I’m going through.
It’s 2017 and we only have this one life to live, so let’s do ourselves a favour and live. Be positive, work hard (play hard too) and develop healthy habits for your body and mind.