Six months into 2019 and I think that time just flew. 2018 was an amazing year filled with a lot of wonderful things. But 2019 is more important to me because it marked the beginning a beautiful journey. Getting married to the person I love has been a wonderful experience but along with it came a lot of changes. Change is a part of our lives but adapting to change is the difficult part. And along with adapting to change, come lessons that we can carry forward with us.
Here are the 5 lessons that 2019 has taught me so far: Adulting is hard :
1.Adulting is hard
Until last year, adulting only meant working all day and then eating whatever was provided in the PG accommodation that I was staying in and then doing whatever I wanted to which most of the times meant reading a book or going off to sleep. But now it has a new dimension. I have additional responsibilities now – to cook, to clean and to make sure that everything is in place. After a long day at work, it is difficult to get back to doing the household chores. From this arises a new found respect for my mother who has been doing this for so many years. And yes, she said that she is proud of me when she was here at my place for a few days after watching me come back from work late and even then cook.
2. Planning is important:
Be it deciding what to prepare for breakfast the next morning or deciding when to clean the house, planning becomes a necessity. Planning takes on a whole new meaning because there are so many things to do and so little time. Trust me if I were to make a list of things to do apart from my usual routine, that list would never end. There are so many things that I want to do, since time is a limited commodity and now that my time has to be planned with another human being’s plans and suggestions as well, it becomes a little difficult.
3.Sometimes things don’t go as per the plan and that is okay:
Often things will not go the way you wanted them to. That Dosa batter that didn’t ferment enough to prepare dosas the next day or when you realize in the evening after you are back from work that the vegetables that you planned to cook for dinner are spoiled, things go wrong. And yes, that makes all your plans go for a toss. It is bad, yes. But that is okay. That is when your creativity kicks in with Jugaad or you begin to take your phone and order something online.
4. Be grateful for the little things:
In the busy lives that we lead, often we find ourselves unhappy or tired. It is easy to get overwhelmed or upset about things that don’t go right. There are times when you say – why do things have to go wrong only with me? It is in these times that it becomes really important to be grateful. We often keep looking at things that go wrong that we fail to realize that there are things that are positive. Sometimes all we need to do is to sit down, take a deep breath and clear our head and start thinking of things that are going right. It sure helps.
5. Make time for yourself:
With more things to do and be responsible for, finding time for yourself becomes difficult. There are books that you have to read but find no time to read. Posts that remain as just ideas in your head. You don’t have time to exercise that ends up with you gaining weight. And all of this frustration of not finding time for the things you love makes you more upset. So make some time for yourself. Me time is important. It could be only a few minutes in a day, but that is important.
So those were 5 lessons that 2019 taught me. Life teaches us something new every day. It is up to us to learn and grab the opportunities that life offers us. So how has this year been for you so far? Let me know.
24 bloggers have got together to celebrate six months of 2019 from June 17-19. In their own unique ways, they will share what the last six months mean to them. In these 24 posts, you will find a lot of joy and hope. Not to forget, some humor and stories too. So don’t forget to read these all and share some love.