12 things that 2016 taught me
2016, where did you go? Seems like New Year 2016 was just a few days ago. No matter how quickly 2016 went by, I do have a lot of memories of the year; both good and bad. And each memory had lessons to teach me.
1. It is better to let go of the things that hurt you than waiting with hope for things to change
From the time I started working, there were things about my college life that weren’t sorted out. No, not in terms of academics or career but in terms of friendships. I tried as much as I could to get things back to the way they were. But things like friendships don’t work single handedly. You can try but you can’t guarantee the outcome. And when you know that things won’t be the same again it is better to accept the fact and let go.
2. You may have made mistakes but it is never too late to correct them
Yes, we all make mistakes. We take spur of the moment decisions which may work in our favour but a lot of them as we know will not work in our favour. It is okay to make mistakes. It is okay to cry over them. But what is not okay is letting those wrong decisions be as they are and do nothing to change them. Make mistakes, learn your lesson and then correct or at least attempt to correct what is wrong.
3. If you make up your mind to do something, you can do it no matter what.
Nothing is impossible and most importantly nothing is easy. I always have a lot of things that I want to do but I know I can’t do all of those things. But what I know if I can pick out one thing or a few things that I really want to do, I will do it no matter what. Writing posts when I was sick, publishing my ebook, reading books till late in the night even when I had to wake up early next day for work, playing for me Company in the inter corporate sports. I never thought that I would be able to do all of these things. But once I made up my mind things happened!
4. Not everything goes according to a plan and that is okay
Like I told before I may have a million things on my list. I may plan to do all of them or even if I plan to do some of them there will be setbacks. And it is okay if a few things don’t go according to the plan.
5. If it is meant to be it will be
Some things are meant to be and some things will just not happen. Accept that. Not everything needs to be planned. Some thing happens or magic happens and things fall in place, perfectly! You never expected some like that would happen but it did. Accept the present.
6. You have to learn to take care yourself- mind, body and soul
You are responsible for yourself. It is you who has to eat healthy, drink lots of water, sleep well and not let stress have it’s effects on you. And it is not enough to physically healthy, it is important to be mentally and emotionally strong. I wasn’t in the pink of health this year. I fell sick often, hence lost so many days when I could have done something better. I know illness is body’s way of telling me take it slowly but it shouldn’t happen often!
7. It is little things that bring us most joy
If I look back on the year gone by, it wasn’t such a good one. I did have difficult times. But when I look back at the things that made me happy, it is the little things. Mom’s care when I was sick, going on a random walk, a walk in the rain, little surprises in the form of calls or messages. It is better not to have expectations about great things that you think will bring you happiness. Instead, enjoy the little surprises that come your way.
8. Family is important
Yes! One of the most important lessons that staying away from home has taught me is the importance of family. I miss Mom a lot now that I stay in a different city. I miss all the more when I am sick. It is important to spend time to talk to your loved ones, to let them know that you are okay and find out if they are okay too.
9. Learn something new everyday
There are so many things to learn. If I look around me there are so many things new, that I have no knowledge about. It is always good to learn something new each day.
10. It is good to be honest rather than beat the bush
I have always believed that honesty is the best policy. And a lot of things that happened during this year reiterated this fact. It is better to be honest upfront rather than speak about it later.
11. Make time for yourself no matter how busy you are
This is something that I have learned the hard way. But I can’t stress enough on the importance of making time for yourself. After a long day at work it is essential to spend some time doing what you want to do and what you like to do. It really helps.
12. Set goals. Aim higher. Do things you never thought you would do.
Don’t ever stop dreaming. Keep aiming higher and work towards it. Someday your efforts will bear fruit. Do things you never thought you would do. Surprise yourself!
These are some of the lessons that 2016 taught through the highs and lows, the good things and the bad things. What did you learn from 2016?