What 2017 taught me

2018 is just around the corner. Looking back at this year, 2017 threw a lot of unexpected things at me. This year has had its ups and downs, more downs than ups. But, I am for sure so very very glad and ready for it to be over. 2017 taught me a lot, from getting out of my comfort zone to figuring myself out. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and about life.

What I like about a new year is the fresh start. Okay, I know you don’t need a new year for a fresh start. I do try to do that every Monday and the beginning of every month. But, I like the finality of closing a whole chapter and stepping into a new one with a positive mind.

I hope to enter 2018 with an open mind and a plan of what I want to achieve and where I want to be. But, I won’t be put down or disheartened if things don’t go my way. I guess you can’t always choose your cards.

Here are a few life lessons that 2017 taught me and will keep them in mind throughout 2018…

Bad things happen

Why do good things happen to the biggest morons ever and bad things happen to good people? Even the best fall. No matter how great a person is and no matter how perfect their life looks. Everyone has setbacks. At the end of the day, we are all human.

A lot can change in a few months

I mentioned in one of my recent posts how happy I was just at the end of 2016. The first few months of 2017 a lot of unexpected things happened, and a lot had changed. I never imagined being in the situations that I faced. 2017 sure has been a roller coaster of a year, I believed that someday this would all go away and I would miraculously recover. But, that is not the case, the most important lesson that I have learnt this year is that sometimes I won’t always be okay and that’s okay.

I still have a long way to go

Reality hit me after I graduated when I discovered that my path to getting where I wanted to be wasn’t going to be as straightforward as I thought. I still have a long way to go. The past few months I have gained a lot of experience and skills which I need to get where I want to be. I may not be there yet but, I am certainly on my way.

Someone who claims to be a good friend won’t always be YOUR friend

Friends are pretty amazing. They can be the best thing to happen to you or the worst thing. Friendship is tested when your life is falling apart and you find out who was there for you and who never was. I guess you don’t need a lot of friends or people for that matter in your life, just the few awesome humans who will go out of their way to help you like you will for them. Trust people until they give you a good reason not to.

The only thing certain in life is death

2017 taught me that no matter how old someone is, everyone will eventually die. That is the only certain thing in life. One day you will realise that material things mean nothing. All that matters is the well-being of the people in your life. You’re going to lose people in your life and realise that no matter how much time you spent with them or how much you appreciate them and told them so, it will never seem like it was enough. The truth is you don’t realise how strong you are until death comes knocking on your door and takes away someone you love. You don’t realise how strong you are until someone you love dies right in front of your eyes, and there is nothing you can do but watch.

“Tomorrow is promised to no one”. – Clint Eastwood.

2017 has been a constant reminder that life is too short and can end in the blink of an eye.

What are some of the lessons 2017 taught you?

Mariam x

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