Every year around the holidays, people take a moment to reflect on the last 300-something days of their life. If you’re like me, you’ll play a lowlight reel of all the things you didn’t accomplish while beating yourself up for it. Since elementary school, I had always found Christmas depressing and as I grew up, December 31st became synonymous with anxiety and failure. I cannot believe I’ve spent the past few decades living like this.
Just like the previous years, 2017 started out depressing for me. Thankfully, things began to slowly turn around. Although I didn’t reach more than half the goals I set out for myself, I achieved one very important one. It created a domino effect that impacted my wellbeing in a positive way. I have to constantly remind myself that although I’m not where I want to be, I’m far from where I used to be.
In 2015 I was falling apart.
In 2016, I was struggling.
And in 2017, I was surviving.
I’d like to think in 2018 I will be flourishing.
On January 1st, I read countless of memes and quotes regarding the new year. A friend of mine said that 2018 is going to be a game changer, and it stuck out to me. I believed it. Not because that’s what everyone says every year, but because I have seen my friends and myself grow immensely in 2017 and know that there is nowhere else to go but forward.
For those of you whose 2017 was the worst yet, CONGRATULATIONS – you survived, and I am so proud of you. I’m sure there were some of you who woke up in the morning and wondered if you’d make it through another day … and then thought the same thing the following morning. You did it, and will continue doing it.
So to all my friends, my family and even to complete strangers, may 2018 be your best year yet. Start that business. Launch your website. Lose that weight. Find your dream job. Get out of debt. Get out of bed. Stop making excuses. Learn a new language. Take swim lessons. Send your parents on a trip. Spend more time with the people you care about. Become certified. Move out. Propose. Divorce. Meditate. FULFILL YOUR PURPOSE.