Since 2017 is just around the corner, it´s time to reflect about everything that has happened in 2016 and how all the situation that we´ve been through have affected or changed us. When it comes to me, 2016 has been the most important and most beautiful year in my life so far. 2016 was quite my year and I am very excited for 356 new days. It´s time to share 4 important life lessons that I´ve learned in 2016:
1. Life is a continuous learning process:
Day by day life teaches us multiple little lessons that might change our way of thinking, our lifestyle or even our habits. Any form of education, no matter wether it´s going to school/university, joining a particular class or simply reading, is supposed to have one aim: Developing a deeper understanding for life. You may ask yourself now, what does that mean? Allow me to explain it: We should read, learn, and study in order to gain knowledge that can be used in all areas of life. A continued educational experience is necessary in order to engage the brain, heighten physical activity, and establish healthy valuable relationships.
Always think out of the box when it comes to learning/studying, even non-credit academic courses, educational travel, internships, community service and volunteerism are forms learning that may broaden your mind and allow you to gain the knowledge that you might not gain easily by reading. Hence it´s all about how these practices can be applied to one’s daily life. There are no limits to education or learning in general, therefore lifelong learning should always be considered an investment in a better future and a better life. So learn, study, stimulate your brain and keep permanently feeding your curious mind!
2. You have got something to be proud of:
Every person has achieved something in their life. Even our smallest accomplishments are reasons to feel conceited. Small drops of water form the ocean, there´d be no ocean without the small drops of water and the same goes to achievements in life, small achievements lead to bigger ones, which is why you should always be proud of every accomplishment no matter how small or big it is. Don’t overlook the achievements you’ve made, be proud of them and strive for better!
Keep in mind that there are various ways to feel proud of yourself on a daily basis even when you have not had any recent accomplishments. You can be proud of qualities of your personality, your skills, your talents and your knowledge. Maybe you’re a spectacular writer or a fantastic chef. Whatever your creative ability is, be happy that you’re able to create something out of virtually nothing. Whatever your talent is, embrace it! If no one else appreciates it, you should still be proud of it yourself.
Furthermore be proud of your reading list and the amount of books you’ve read. Each of them, whether you enjoyed it or not, took you on a unique adventure. Overall books teach you how different people see the world and explore the various emotions they go through in life. Every time you read something, you’re expanding what you know about the world and humanity as a whole.The information can be important or useless, but you should value the experience either way. So be proud of what you´ve read and what you know!
3. The importance of being self confident:
Do yourself a favour and don’t lower your standards to fit in. Don’t shrink who you are to make others feel comfortable. Don’t compare yourself to others. Only compare your current self to your past self. Do find and surround yourself with people who like you just the way you are and who encourage you to keep growing and bettering yourself.
Self confidence is about knowing that you are good enough and capable of facing and handling any problems in your life. By the time you´ll realise, that self confidence is the key that unlocks the doors to your greatest chances for success due to the fact that the way you refer to yourself and the way you see yourself will determinate how successful you might become in your life. In addition to that people will start to see you the same way you see yourself, if you mange to show them how self confident you are. Moreover your self confidence level shows wether you´re convinced of what saying and doing or not. If you speak and act with conviction you will be able to persuade anyone to understand your point of view and the way you think. For instance people love confident ones and even look up to them.
All in all the higher your self confidence is, the more you will be willing to take risks and the more opportunities will encounter. Be mindful of the fact that you’ve made it through every rough situation you’ve ever been through and it hasn´t stopped you from living yet. Under all circumstances and no matter how dark your life becomes, someone will always be there to act as a flashlight to guide you back to the light. Never allow any knock downs to destruct the image that you have from yourself. Make your life as great as it deserves to be. Even though you might have scars from your past, remember to live in the present. Despite everything that you´ve been through, you’re still living life, so you might as well enjoy it. If you’re ever feeling down, make a list of all the things you love about yourself. It may feel like you’re bragging, but sometimes it’s necessary to have a reminder of who you are and to be honest, we all need a little boost to our self esteem every now and then.
4. You deserve to spend time alone:
We live in a very hectic society. Often enough in life we do too much, take on too many responsibilities and become very busy in our life due to work, plans, assignments or social obligations. As a result we forget that we deserve to spend time on our own.
In many people´s lives busyness enhances happiness, the fact that they´re busy makes them feel like they have got a purpose in life, while others might be affected by busyness in a negative way and start to feel like they´re put under pressure. No matter how you choose to deal with busyness, there´s something that could be said about being busy in general: It takes a lot from our time. Generally there are times in our lives that are exciting and thrilling, and times that are well…kind of boring.These moments can make you feel unfulfilled or empty, but there´s no need to stress. You can take action and fill these moments with joy and meaning.
Make time for yourself, time in which you´re completely alone, you’ll feel a huge weight lift off your shoulders.Spending time on your own allows you to gear down, think, refresh and be more ready to tackle the outside world when you re-emerge. In addition to that uninterrupted time spent alone will help you to get more things done than when you´re surrounded by people 24/7. Apart from that spending quiet time on your own allows you to explore new possibilities. Do something that you´ve always wanted to do on your own, it could be drawing, designing, writing, the list goes on and on. Maybe you´ll discover new hobbies. Take time to relax and do more of your passions. Explore your abilities and interests. You may have the most rewarding experience and if you´re lucky you´ll come up with something that might change your life forever. Unleash your inner artist!