“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”C. S. Lewis
I definitely have learned a great deal in 2018. From how to cope with tremendous amounts of stress, to then learning how to express your feelings in a non-confrontational way and finally how to better myself inside and out.
I learned that self-care in any form is crucial to coping with the day-to-day anxieties we all face in our lives.
I learned that listening is just as important as expressing.
I learned that to be able to love anything else, you must first love yourself.
I learned that I am NOT (controlled by) my anxiety and that I am strong enough to cope with it.
I learned that I need to spend more time with my loved ones and to show my appreciation and gratitude more.
I learned that stress is unavoidable in life and that I can use breathing techniques/mindfulness to cope with it.
I learned how much alone time I need in order to completely recharge and how important taking time out for yourself is for your well-being.
I find taking the time to look back at the year in pieces, to gather what you have learned from all your interactions, truly a pure feeling of closure. It allows you to reflect upon any mishaps, any traumatic events, any parts that you do not wish to carry into the new year, and leave them behind. It’s a form of “ending the chapter” and moving forward.
As quoted in the beginning of this post, I look forward to the things ahead of me in 2019 and express gratitude towards the lessons I’ve learned in 2018.