Wednesday, December 26, 2018

What I Learnt In 2018

I'm not excited about much to be honest but I do get wildly excited for this post every year. I collect thoughts all year on little pieces of paper and in the notes on my phone, just waiting for the end of the year. Yes, it's a little self indulgent. And yes, a lesson may not have truly been learned if you have to write it down in order to remember it. HOWEVER, I know for a fact that other people enjoy reading this and have applied some of these lessons to their own life, so I'm going to continue doing it even if I never write anything else on this blog.

In saying that though, this year might be a little dark. 2018 was one of the most rewarding, amazing years of my life, but also one of the harshest. I reached a huge personal milestone (buying a house), but I also lost someone very dear to me. So a mixed bag of a year. Some big lessons came out of it, here's 2018's learnings...

  • Being confident is a full time job.
  • If the past is the ball, you bringing it up all the time is the chain.
  • If you want to benefit from it, you have to be prepared to suffer for it.
  • You can be a good person and still do the wrong thing (and vice versa).
  • It's possible to still get to know someone even after they're gone.
  • It's never too late to start making a change that creates a better world (#plasticsucks). 
  • If your life feels meaningless, that's something you've decided, not a fact.
  • Buying a house is so scary, it's like willingly walking off a cliff.
  • You learn the greatest lessons in the darkest times.
  • Travel with new people whenever you can. 
  • Take time out to heal.
  • Death sometimes gives you more perspective than you can handle.
  • A new fantasy can come out of nowhere, for example a man singing 'Every Breath You Take' gyrating on a coffin in an entirely red room can become your new expectation from a partner.
  • Looking down on people for being too nice is basically looking into a mirror of all your flaws and faults and being threatened.
  • Unstable Unicorns is a game for the whole family. 
  • All anyone truly wants is to be understood. 

Want to see other things I've learned in the past? Here is what I learned in 2017, 2016 and 2015 (I've really grown as a person). 

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