2018 has been and gone and there’s just a few hours separating us from a new year!
Time is a funny old thing, isn’t it? I feel like it moves faster as you age.
On the last day of the year, I usually find myself in a reflective mood. So, I thought I would share some lessons from the year I’m leaving behind me, with some thoughts to the year ahead. Maybe you can relate to a few of these too.
You’ve got a friend in me
Friendships are wonderful. I’m grateful for all my friends and hope we will all continue to make more memories in 2019. Maybe I’ll find more friendships in 2019, that would be nice too. Next year, I hope to be there for people as best as I can. It’s important to listen. You never know what might be happening in someone else’s life and it’s always important to think beyond yourself. Having said that, it’s also key to remember that friendship should be mutual. Effort is a two-way street. Being aware is helpful. This year I’ve lost friendships with people whom I thought I’d be friends with forever. I’ve learnt to accept that over time, people can outgrow each other and that’s okay. It’s probably for the best. And they do say everything happens for a reason.
The best friend in your life can come in the form of yourself. Sometimes it’s easy to underestimate yourself and forget your place in the world. You are your own best friend. You were there for yourself when others might not have been. Sure people can tell you to keep going or to do that thing you’ve been wanting to do. But ultimately, it’s you that decides whether or not you’re going to follow through. So take credit for that. Don’t underestimate yourself. Be there for yourself just like you would be for others.
Any year will have bad bits. Things that didn’t go to plan. Days where you felt like the world was a little too heavy. Taking the bad with the good is something I’m still learning to do. Life is full of contrasts. But the bad bits make you appreciate the good bits even more. It’s also important not to forget the bad bits. You wouldn’t be where you are without those. You’ve conquered them, in one way or another. Maybe you’re still conquering them, that’s still progress. And progress is good.
In a world that’s increasingly fast paced, we can often gloss over the wonderful bits of life. Whether this is being thankful for loved ones or thankful for the planet (our planet is impressive). This year I’ve tried to be more thankful. Simple things like looking up at a blue sky after days and days of cloudy ones have allowed me to stop and think, to just appreciate. I’ve even found that there can be beauty in the rain as well. This year I’ve tried to love the little things. I hope I can be more present next year and appreciate these things even more. Life can be hectic and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in all its stresses. That’s why it’s nice to stop and remember: you exist. You’re here. Remembering that you exist is a beautiful thing. The universe is massive, but here you are. You’re part of it. Part of this grandiose place. I think that’s beautiful.
Don’t forget your place in 2019. It’ll still be there. It always is here.
In a world full of hatred, that seems to be growing every day, there is still love. And that is important not to forget. Because when you forget this little (but significant) detail, things can look rather cloudy. It can cloud your judgement. Social media is everywhere these days and we can lose sight of simple things, like loving and being kind. They might be the simplest, but they are the most useful of all. You never know how it can help someone or how it can even help yourself. Be kind to others and be kind to yourself.
I hope 2019 brings us love in all forms, to me and to you reading this.
Learning has been a huge part of 2018. I’ve learnt a great deal about myself. Any year presents itself with endless opportunities to learn and improve. Hopefully, 2019 will allow for more learning. You can learn about life and most importantly, you can learn about yourself.
I hope 2019 is a beautiful year for each and every single one of you beautiful people out there. Thank you for reading, if you are.
If I’m reading this in the future, hello future Chloe. Hope you’re okay. Hope you’re writing more!
With love and best wishes for the new year,