Its the last day of the year, and were all summarizing, dissecting, evaluating the last 12 months in our heads. Was it a good year, did we acquire any new life lessons, did we accomplish something new, did we lose, did we win howd it go?
For me, 2014 was such a great year that Im almost sad to see it go – it’s truly amazing how much can change in the span of one orbit around the sun! In Sonia’s world, 2014 was a year of renewed strength, of change, of battling fear – and dare I say winning! – of adventure, of laughter and lots of action. Now that I talk about it, I think I need a nap but one of those my heart and belly are so full that I could use a good snuggle-to-bask-in-the-glory-of- it-all naps. But since I have to get ready to go out and bid farewell to this incredible year, Ill stay awake instead and share some life lessons I learned and relearned this year – hopefully they can bring you a little insight to run into 2015 with.
Here we go!
Life Lessons #1: The healing process is greatly aided when you make a decision to move on, make plans to help in that decision, and stick to them like your life depends on it because well, it does.
Life Lessons #2: You never truly forget someone you once loved, but you CAN find ways to move on and focus on lessons rather than on negatives. You can come out of pain victorious but you have to make the decision to do so!
Life Lessons #3: People say I plan too much but in 2014, I learned and relearned, that without a plan, nothing gets accomplished. On the other hand, with a solid plan and solid action, the world can be yours. But listen, dont get crazy you cant and dont have to plan every second, but set some goals, think about what you want, and make it happen. Just like this 1, 2, 3 !
Life Lessons #4: Treat your happiness like its your job work hard at it, put effort into it, commit to it and stop waiting for other people to get it done for you, because they never will.
Life Lessons #5: If you are secure in who you are, no one can bring you down for long- so if you dont know yourself quite yet, get to knowin right now!
Life Lessons #6: People will always try to tell you who you are, what to do, how to do it, and what choices to make be patient with them and know yourself enough to nod politely, walk away peacefully, and then make your own decisions. Only you know what truly works for you dont let anyone convince you otherwise.
Life Lessons #7: When people question us and our characters, it hurts. Listen, take it in, re-evaluate, and take what makes sense while throwing out what doesnt. Just because someone has an opinion, it doesnt make it fact.
Life Lessons #8: Change is incredibly scary, but stagnation is death. Take some chances, risk something, make the change your life, mind, body and spirit crave youll get through the scary stuff, I promise. But never going for it will always weigh on you. It might even kill you.
Life Lessons #9: Theres a lot of things in life we can control and many others that we simply cannot. Focus on what you can control, and stop beating yourself up about the things you cant. You will be so much more at peace this way!
Life Lessons #10: Measure your life by the things that matter to you instead of constantly trying to live up to someone elses definition because try as you may, you never, ever will.
Life Lessons #11: When you go through something hard, share the lessons youve learned, share your wisdom help someone else get through it a little faster or easier than you did. Its cathartic, its good for the soul, and it puts healing out into the universe you dont have to be a writer to make a difference with your stories. Dont be stingy and share. It makes a huge difference!
Life Lessons #12: Theres something about turning 30 (at least for me) that makes you appreciate your parents more understand them more, give them more credit, thank them more. Maybe its the realization that they wont be here forever or having a deeper understanding of your own imperfections. Whatever it is its a beautiful, beautiful place to be. Cherish it, and make sure to let them know how much you appreciate them.
Life Lessons #13: Your life is yours to make so stay alert to all the people and things that try to divert you because you will encounter about a bazillion, and never, ever forget it.
Life Lessons #14: Happiness is not about perfection its about taking all of the many imperfections and working with them, around them and through them declaring loudly, You cant stop me!
That’s it for today, folks. Heres to a 2015 filled with even more life lessons – and more good, more smiles, more love, more positive change, less bad, less frowns, less hate, and as little negativity as humanly possible because, well, negativity is just YUCKY! That’s right – I said it – with the same disgust a toddler gives his broccoli – YUCKY!
Always keep your eyes open – those life lessons can be a little sneaky sometimes, but they’re there. Happy New Year yall!
Sonia, Word Share Junkie