November. Ten months down and just two left of 2016. If you’re like me, you’re realizing you still haven’t managed to accomplish your new years resolution you set for yourself but no worries, you can still take a fair stab at it. If you’re also like me, you may be making jokes that your “2016 will be the best year so far” motto no longer seems to have a fair shot at success this late in the game. However, is that really the case? Maybe it’s best to think of our lives as stories, each month a chapter, each year a book.
Think of this as a high school English class, where your teacher made you make notes and bullet points about the important highlights in the each chapter. If you did that for yourself, for your own chapters, what would you be able to take away from this year? We get so overwhelmed looking at things in a larger scale, sometimes we forget some of the little things that happened or the positives we can take away from a situation. Not every month or chapter has been monumental so far but with only one left, here’s what I can tell you about this year’s book.
Chapter 1- Happy new year
Changes can happen with something as simple as a change in scenery. Change isn’t always easy but sometimes, it is necessary. If that change does not add a positive value to your life, perhaps it wasn’t a change worth making.
Chapter 2- New responsibilities can be exhausting
Keep pushing, keep fighting, keep making positive changes to your life that will help you grow and sustain. You will be tired, you will be sore, you will probably cry. But you will get through it. You will manage and you will persevere. Do not give up yet.
Chapter 3- New adventures
Nothing in life is meant to stay stagnant. Your location, your hair style, your job title, your state of residency. The day you try and remain as such is the day where you have given up on your journey through life.
Chapter 4-Hold on to those you cherish most
You will learn that people may walk in and out of your life all the time but there are very few who chose to stay. Do not take that for granted. Tell them you love them, appreciate who they are and what they have brought to your life. With how fast life goes, we often forget to remind those close to us how much they mean to us but find the time to do so.
Chapter 5- It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later
Life may pull those that are close to you away for some time. You may have to take different paths and carry out different journeys through life. You may become busy and not realize in fact it has been two years since you were last reunited with your best friend but if it is meant to be, it will always find it’s way. Times will come where your paths will cross and you will see each other again.
Chapter 6- You are not alone
In our biggest times of change and struggle, it is important to remember who is there for us and who keeps us grounded. Often times, simply venting to someone and having someone be a listening ear but someone who can also remind you of all the good you have in your life can be the most important thing to have. Keep those people close.
Chapter 7- Growing up happens quicker for some than others
You move away from home and are now stuck paying bills, rent, cleaning up after yourself, maintaining a work schedule, and the whole 9 yards that comes along with “adulting” and corporate America. You are quickly forced to become a very mature and well composed 21 year old. It is not easy, but sometimes people recognize and commend your composure.
Chapter 8- Change is good
Sometimes chapters can be cliff hangers. Sometimes we feel like we have no direction, no plan, no guidelines. However, you may soon find that you feel accomplished in the person you’ve become, the challenges you are taking on. You may not feel like you have the desired outcome yet but that’s okay. There is no reason to stop fighting for there to be more good in your life.
Chapter 9- Adventures revive the soul
No matter how big or small; whether it is climbing a new hiking trail to a view that may be right around the corner from you or it is hiking the trails in a small town of a different country. If and when you can, get out and take an adventure, no matter where. It keeps your mind fresh and clear and always reminds you of the good in your life.
Chapter 10- Just when you think you had things figured out
There are always going to be bumps in the road. No matter how big or small, there are always going to be parts of life that challenge you and stress you out. One day, you will be able to look back on the situations and realize that they made you stronger.
Chapter 11- Never stop wanting more
The day you stop wanting to grow emotionally, physically and mentally is the day you have become satisfied with an end point to life. Key concept: there is no end point. You should never stop wanting more adventures, more out of your job, more satisfaction out of your work, more education, more family time, more to live in every way.
Chapter 11 of 12. What does your story say this year? What can you take away from it all? Always find a way to look at the positives, no matter what you’ve been through.