3 January 2015

2014 Reflection: Lessons Learned



For me January is a pretty pointless months because nothing really happens, it's back to work and school after Christmas and new years and just sucks a bit. So I try to spend my time reflecting back on the year just passed. As much as it is important to live in the moment, it is just as important to look back at the things that have brought you to where you are today.

Reminding yourself of the mistakes you've made help you to learn and grow as a person. So i decided to share with you 3 instances from the past year where I have learnt from the mistakes I made...

1. Study Harder

This isn't a shocker. When it comes to procrastination, I am Queen. My University lecturers will be the first to back me up there. It's not laziness, I will be the first one up and ready to start my day. There is just always so many things i'd much rather do that the work that I have to do. I definitely learnt this the hard way. After failing part of my unit last year and having to re-submit over the summer, I made the active decision to make priorities and always put my uni work first. Better late than never, I guess.

2. You've got your whole life ahead of you...

I am a serial dreamer.

It's pretty much all I do, awake or not, i'm probably off in an imaginary world somewhere. I love to dream about where I want to be with my life in 10 years time, or what sort of house I want to live in, what countries i'd like to visit. And that isn't a bad thing. In fact, dreaming is a very creative and imaginative thing to do, however you can't live in your dreams.

I know people who have turned down amazing opportunities to save money for the further and whilst saving money is and incredibly clever thing to do, you've got your whole life to be sensible. Whilst your young and not tied down to anything it's important to take risks; visit countries you've never been to, try foods you've never heard of before, jump out of any aeroplane - harnessed of course! Because you might not have these opportunities later on in life when you are settled down with your perfect partner, house and kids.

3. Dependence vs. Independence

Whilst this one isn't strictly subject to 2014, I have to mention it. Over the past two years I have struggled with the idea of being alone. Which sounds so silly when you say it aloud because no one really enjoys being alone, not forever anyway. I'm a 22 year old girl who is in a committed relationship and surrounded by plenty of people who love me but sometimes I battle with immense loneliness. In the past it has effected my relationship but we both have grown from that.

The problem is, to be in a relationship, you need to spend time together but more importantly you need independence too.

There are so many other lessons i've learnt over the past year but I think these are the most important ones that have impacted my life the most. Looking back, what are the biggest lessons your learnt in 2014? Look forward to hearing from you...

All my love,
Melissa


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