Hey guys! Happy New Year!
This post is something I’d intended to write and post by December 31st of 2016, but it just wasn’t meant to be. So, this post is going out a little later than I would’ve liked.
Can we all just pause for a minute and think about how quickly 2016 went by?
Yeah… it went by that fast.
When December 1st came around, I immediately pulled out my 2016 resolutions to see what I’d accomplished.
- Finish the book
- Learn guitar (play at least two songs)
- Strive for all A’s and B’s by the end of the school year
- Audition for at least 3 things
- Have more self confidence
- Remember to smile
- Be more responsible
- Never miss a blog post
- Take care of my body (eat well, exercise, get plenty of rest)
- Stay strong
I realized I’ve accomplished very little this year. Sure, I auditioned for over three things, I was more confident in myself, I smiled more than I did in 2015, and I assumed tons of responsibility as a student and as a daughter. But I didn’t finish the book I’m writing, I only learned half of each song on guitar, the one C on my report card doesn’t cope with number 3, I missed 99% of the blog posts I was supposed to write, I completely ignored number 9, and I let myself crack instead of keeping a strong mind and heart.
Upon discovering this, I was sooooo upset with myself. So upset, in fact, that I didn’t want to write new goals for 2017 because I was stuck in the mindset of “Well, what’s the point? I won’t do it anyway.”
Not achieving my goals for 2016 got me thinking… maybe completing the things I wanted to complete just wasn’t meant to be.
Life isn’t something you can always plan precisely. Sure, you can try, but life will sometimes take you down a different road based on what needs to happen and when it needs to happen. Sometimes it’s beyond our control.
After realizing this, I ceased the thoughts on what had gone wrong the past year and started to think about all the things that went right.
Finishing the book wasn’t meant to be, but reading a book almost every week was.
Learning to play 2 songs on guitar wasn’t meant to be, but writing 5 sets of incredible lyrics was.
Having all A’s and B’s wasn’t meant to be, but passing my first AP class was.
Being part of set crew for my school’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, singing my first solo in choir, performing in the talent show, making new friends, spending time with old friends, seeing snow for the first time, getting cast as a fairy in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; all of these happened and were meant to be! 🙂
Let’s not start 2017 trying to beat ourselves up for not achieving the goals we’d set for 2016. Let’s spend 2017 at peace with what wasn’t meant to be in 2016, and strive for what is meant to be this year. By taking pleasure in the present and doing the best we can do.
- Be more positive
- Take care of myself (physically and mentally)
- Practice what I preach
- Have better time management
- Be a better friend
- Be self confident always
- Have better focus
- Communicate my feelings
- Finish my book
- Motivate myself to do my best
Until next time,
~ Rina Raj