Over the last year or so I have learnt a lot about myself when it comes to both travel, life and relationships. After a pattern of bad news, my priorities going into the new year have been adjusted. I no longer have any patience for the little worries of other people and I’ve released how precious life is.
I’m going into the new year trying to maintain a positive attitude to life’s curveballs, but also an attitude of fearlessness. I want to make every moment and every move count, as none of us knows when fate will test us. I don’t want to have regrets in life, instead, I want to make mistakes and learn from them. Here are the lessons I’ve learnt and will take into 2018 and onto the next chapter.
Moments over materials
Spending money on pricey clothes and expensive furniture that you don’t actually need, is no longer a priority for me. I’m taking this lesson into 2018 and will be sorting through my house and throwing away those items that don’t mean anything to me. I’m sorting through my clutter, clearing my space in both my house and my mind. I’m focusing more on making memories than material items this year. Instead of spending money on objects I don’t need, I’ll be putting that money towards making memories with the people that are important to me, as well as making memories whilst travelling.
Unfortunately, the lesson I’ve come to learn and will be taking with me into this new year is that some people grow apart. For those people who do not make any effort when times are rough, you come to realise who is important in your life.
But it’s okay to let go of those people. Their friendship was once valued and appreciated and you thank them for the love and support, but the realisation is that friendships fizzle. People grow apart, you lead different paths and you no longer have anything in common. It’s okay to let those people go, don’t force it if you don’t want to. Focus on the relationships that mean the most to you.
Don’t stress the small stuff
No longer will I dwell on things that are irrelevant or unimportant. I will not waste my time or energy overanalysing the small things. I will also have no time for those people who moan about irrelevant situations or petty problems. I no longer have the patience for those people who are ignorant of the bigger picture. There are so many problems and so much sadness in the world, although your quandary may seem massive, in the grand scheme of things, is it?
Don’t fall into the trap
Make the most of life, don’t fall into the trap of 9-5 and living for the weekend. Live the most fulfilled life that is humanly possible. Don’t get caught up in the rat race and the working world, because once you look up to see the view, years have passed. With those years that have passed you by, what have you achieved? What moments have you created? Don’t fall into the trap, make the most of it.
Take the leap of faith
Don’t spend your time thinking what if, or I really want to do this. Make it happen. Have a plan and take that leap of faith to go into the unknown and live a life that is uncertain but exciting. If you want to set up that business, do it! If you want to live abroad, move, go travelling. – do it! This is exactly what I want to do with my life… Travel.