Every Day is an Opportunity for a Fresh Start
Often times I find myself worrying about what tomorrow, next week, next month, and even next year holds for me. I am challenging myself to embrace the unpredictability of the future!
For me, 2018 was a year full of highs and lows. In the beginning, I enjoyed my last few months as a college student and then BAM...I was spit out into the real world. I felt like a baby who was trying to take their first few steps, but just kept falling down. I struggled to figure out not only what I wanted to do professionally, but who I wanted to be. In college, you learn so much about so many different topics whether it's the environment, politics, communications, religious studies, etc. What they don't have is a class that teaches you what to do every step of the way after you graduate. I spent months applying to jobs, networking, browsing Linked-In, and looking through my social media convincing myself that everyone else was becoming successful, but me. I ended up acquiring a job through a temp agency and before I knew it, it was December 31st. So many things happened between the time that I graduated and the end of the year. I went on vacation to Miami, I attended several concerts, and I celebrated the life of one of my late friends. It became concerning to me that when reflecting on my year, I seemed to dwell on the internal struggle I went through of trying to figure things out rather than really appreciating all of the positives.
This new year is one that I am truly excited for. I am excited for another opportunity for personal growth and 365 more days to be thankful for life. This year I am challenging myself and those around me to truly live in the moment. We spend so much time worrying about what we have to do tomorrow that we forget about today. We forget to value our time with our friends and family because it is expected that they will be there tomorrow. We forget to enjoy that sunset because we are too busy trying to get the perfect picture of it. We forget that, as cliche as it sounds, tomorrow truly is not promised.
As part of my #FreshStart, I am putting down the planner, putting down my phone, and picking up a pen. At the end of each day I am going to write a positive memory in my journal, even if that memory is just that I made it through the day. Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing bad about being organized and having a general idea of what you have going on in the future. My point is, constantly worrying about your next move can be all too consuming. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but the future is truly unpredictable. This year I am going to strive to fully appreciate the moments of today and I hope whoever reads this will try and do the same!