Thursday, December 31, 2015

3 Things I Learned in 2015

It's slowly become one of my favorite traditions to write these kind of blog posts  at the end of every year! It's a nice way to allow me to look back on all the things that happened over the year and reflect over the lessons I picked up from my experiences and share them with you guys.

This year, I wanted to do something a little different and just focus on three major things I learned this year, as opposed to what I usually do (read THIS and THIS if you're confused!). I also wanted to work together with my sister on this! She's also making a similar post on her blog and you can read it HERE!

2015, if I were to sum up in one word, was a whirlwind. It was a whirlwind of so many things, to be honest. A lot of change I didn't anticipate took place, which actually brings me to the first thing I learned this year which is the only thing that's constant in life is change. If you were to ask me exactly one year ago where I would be today, it would've been a completely different answer as to where I am right now. I've come to notice that no matter how much effort I put into planning how certain events should take place, there's no guarantee that they'll always turn out that way. Usually, this would leave me feeling super frustrated and annoyed and it would affect not only my day, but the decisions I make, the way I treat the people around me and all because of something that's not in my control. Over the year, I like to believe that I became a lot better at dealing with this by understanding that it's okay for things not to go according to "plan" sometimes because sometimes, whether we see it or not, it usually happens for the better.

In 2015, I put in a lot of work towards my career. I'm still not in the position I want to be and this year, I really wanted to work hard to change that. It's still a work in progress but I'm quite happy and proud with the things I was able to achieve this year, career-wise. Trust me, it wasn't all that fun and many, many times, I wanted to just give up but I persevered with this thought constantly running through my mind - do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do.

Another thing I learned this year, albeit the hard way, is life isn't fair, but it's still good. This is also the first lesson Regina Brett teaches in her book 'God Never Blinks'. There were many - WOW, how many - times where I just wanted to kick life in the butt for being very unfair. I hate how some people can get away with doing such horrific things, and yet so many innocent lives suffer as a consequence. It's unfair how someone can put in so much work into something and yet, the person gets apprehended for it. I just don't get it. Life still doesn't make sense to me, it will never be fair but I've also come to slowly learn that it doesn't mean it's not good. At the end of the day, Io like to think that these are the cards that we were dealt, and it's up to us on how to play the hand. There will be cheaters, there will be losers and there will be winners but the cards are, after all, still in our hands.

However your year was, I hope you come out of it a better person! If you'd like to share any of your experiences this past year, they're always welcome in the comments section below. As always, I like to start off the year keeping my chin up and always, always, always looking forward to all the good things to come, because they will. 

Bring it on, 2016!