Six months into 2019 and I have come to believe that...a lot can happen in six months! Heck, a lot can happen in six seconds!
Since the last year, I began a new practice. As I begin each day, I take a few minutes to reminisce about the year that was 2018; to reflect upon the uncertain nature of Life and how the Universe looks after us when we are caught in the worst of the storms. I then send my prayers of gratitude for all that Father Time has taught me, through happy moments, and sad, through good times and the not-so-good ones, too.
Each day, when I look at the calendar, I wonder how time flies! It’s six months already; it feels like just yesterday that I welcomed the New Year! But, isn’t that the characteristic feature of Time–to keep moving ahead? And, it’s what we ought to do, too.
These past six months have been good to me–personally, professionally, mentally and emotionally. If I were to view these six months through the eyes of my former self, I would have noticed only the difficulties, the heartbreaks, the tough moments. But, am I glad that Time taught me to do better? So, although these six months had tough moments galore, it’s because of them that I learned so much–about the world, about people, about myself and my strengths and my weaknesses, and about focusing only on the positive.
I am not going to share all the stuff here. But, for sure I would like to share what I learned from it all.
5 THINGS I LEARNED IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS:
FOLLOW YOUR GOALS WITH PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE:
We are born on this planet with a purpose. It’s only with time and experience that we realize what that purpose is. Once you discover your purpose, aim at making it a success. The road will be rough, and full of uncertainties, but keep going. Follow Father Time–the way He waits for none and keeps following His path!
Do whatever you do with passion and perseverance. Work hard, work relentlessly, coz success doesn’t come overnight. Success doesn’t come to those who keep waiting; success comes to those who keep working towards finding joy in every moment of their struggle.
So, enjoy the ride, however bumpy it might be. This joy that you experience is what you will come to consider your success!
F**K THE NUMBER GAME:
And, I mean the numbers we are so desperate to see increasing every day–the number of Likes, followers, steps walked, calories burnt, traffic to our blogs…uff!
It’s really a never-ending battle of the nerves, you know? There will always be someone way ahead of us; we can’t be ruing this for life, can we? We stand to achieve nothing but heartache and a bad mood despite doing better than we were doing in the past.
So, if you want to compare yourself, compare your present self with your past self, and certainly not over numbers, but over how far you have come from when you began, or how much you have improved in your craft.
Bottom line: Success is never measured in numbers, but by how much you learned in your journey to where you are at the moment.
LEARN TO BE SELF-RELIANT:
For the past few years, I have been working on becoming self-reliant, emotionally independent. It’s not easy, at all. But, it’s something that empowers you. It’s really liberating knowing that you can take care of your emotional needs, that you don’t need people to solve some of your problems for you and that you are happy in your own company.
It’s only YOU who will live with you for the rest of your life. People are just walking in and out of your life–no one stays by your side forever. Doesn’t it make sense, then, to be your own best friend?
INVEST YOUR EMOTIONS WISELY:
For the same reason that people leave after a while, and you are left with a broken heart and a wounded soul. Why complicate life when you can keep it simple? Love people with all your heart, but, maintain some distance, for your own sake. Love yourself a little bit more than you love others.
The way we make financial investments after a lot of deliberation, so should we invest our emotions, too. Again, it’s not as easy, especially if you are a sentimental fool like yours truly. But, keep trying.
EMBRACE WHATEVER COMES YOUR WAY:
Easier said than done, but something we do need to learn! I could very well have written “Expect nothing from anyone, least of all, from Life” in brackets!
But, isn’t it sensible to accept rather than expect?
Note: Less of heartache, more of enlightenment if you follow this adage!
So, these are the few lessons I learned in the past six months. At times, these lessons seem a bit too much to take, but when I reflect upon them, I feel my heart healing and my head realizing how it needs to smarten up. You will realize it, too, if you reflect on these words instead of wondering what Shilpa is trying to hide behind these ‘deep’ sounding words! LOL!
Psst…I am also trying to work on my sense of humor these days, which sucks, by the way, *wink wink*
There are also some things I am grateful for, that happened in these past six months.
Metanoia was selected in the 9th edition of the Indian Top Blogs directory. I least expected any such thing, so it was a lovely surprise. This only goes to show why we must not bother about the numbers!
I will always be grateful to a few of my blogger friends for all that they taught me and helped me within my blogging-related work. I am not naming names, for they know who they are. I just love them, tremendously!
I am also grateful for a handful of friends (bloggers and non-bloggers) with whom I have been making an effort to stay connected (as per my New Year Goals). WIth them, I can be myself. I speak whatever comes to my mind, and I don’t feel the need to use a ‘filter’ when I talk to them. It’s such a HUGE relief! Being diplomatic all the time takes up a hell lot of energy, and such friends, who let you be you, are a blessing, you know!
Umm…that’s all. 🙂
Now, waiting for the next six months to teach me some more valuable lessons and bring some more happy moments my way.
What about you? How were your first six months of 2019?
This post is part of a blogathon where a group of us bloggers write together, read and share each other’s posts and, generally, have a good time blogging! I received this tag from Esha M. Dutta, and I am passing it on to Ishieta Chopra.