I was on a break this December so technically this is my year end – New Year post. As I write this the words that have indelibly left a mark on me last year are Michelle Obama’s “When they go low, we go high.” Our reactions to things are more of a reflection of us rather than the thing done to us.
I had forgotten this rule until Richa reminded me of that, during our conversation on Sunday. That is when I realised it is easier to give people advice than to take your own, but I am digressing. So one of my major goals of 2017 is to listen to and take my own advice, to myself.
Which bring me to something I tried hard and failed to do the entire of last year and that was to Smile. Contentment and satisfaction is what I aim for and yet I forget to smile every time I arrive there. Hence that is my word of the year – Smile, a reminder to live in the moment and not over think anything while I am at it; a reminder to always only do things that make me smile, irrespective of the situation; and a promise to aspire to bring that smile to every life a touch.
Another important thing I pledge to myself is to embrace opportunities. Nothing is permanent, even your goals and plans. Life throws things at you and you deal, anyway you can, anyway you know how. And these are things not in your control, so why worry and stress anyway, so I am going to try not to try to control things that I cannot control.
I want to be able to spend time on what matters to me rather than stress out on what doesn’t and that is going to be my ultimate goal. I understand the quest for numbers and success, but I define my success. I am not in a race against anyone, and this is my own personal quest, my definition of success.
My biggest and most important goal this year is to give back to the community that has given me so many opportunities and showered so much love. I began my career as a speaker, I have written some of my best pieces and have been showcased on some of the top magazines and websites and I am a finalist for two awards. Nothing would have been possible without my community.
And finally and especially to my friends and family who reminded me who I truly am, every time I forgot and stood by me through it all; I promise to be a better friend, a better person and never to forget the person I am. And yes you guys are my Wolf Pack!