I want to let you in on a little secret: I have never made a New Year’s resolution. Not ever. Before this year, I haven’t really seen the point. I mean, it’s just a day. January 1st doesn’t automatically bring new beginnings. You, as an individual, are the agent of change in your own life. And I hate to break it to you, but midnight has only been known to transform fairytale characters and as far as I know, I’m not living in a fairytale. At least, that is what I used to think. I now realize that this is a rather cynical view to have on the whole holiday, so I resolve to change that. Change is hard. It’s as simple as that. So maybe when the whole world wakes up with the resolve to change something in their life, it gives people the push they need to do the same to their own life. The New Year stands for an act of solidarity among strangers, as a beacon of hope that you too can change, that you too can be happy. It is a fresh start, a new year of making memories and mistakes, of learning and living and being happy. So I resolve to let the spirit of the New Year take me over. There. I did it. My very first resolution!
May you be happy this coming year. Genuinley, intensely, consistently happy.
I’ve recently moved in with some relatives of mine while I complete my final teaching practicum. Before moving to my new home I was quite nervous because I was facing the unknown. I had only met these relatives once before when I was very young, so I had no idea what my life would be like in this new home. I am pleased to say I feel more at home than I could have ever imagined. What I find most important about my time here is that I am surrounded by people who live with such a positive perspective. You can feel the positive energy as soon as you cross the threshold of this home. They are teaching me appreciation of the little things in life. This morning for example I burned my toast and was quite upset about ruining my breakfast. I could have let it ruin my entire day, but then my aunt walked into the kitchen and said frankly “life’s too short for burnt toast.” In that moment I realized something, that life really is too short. Life is too short for wearing uncomfortable shoes, for always being in a rush, and holding grudges. Life’s too short to complain about the weather and to have regrets. Life’s too short for worrying about the future and for not saying I love you. And life certainly is too short for burnt toast.
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel a fair bit in my life for such a young age. The thing that I love about travelling is that you get to meet so many different places. I find it fascinating to experience the different personalities of cities around the world. Each place I’ve been to has left a certain mark on me, a memory. Travelling is exotic. And I think a longing for travelling is natural feeling for many people. So it’s quite easy to fall in love with a city far away. The more difficult task really is falling in love with your own city. Sometimes we feel stuck in a monotonous life and we no longer notice the nuances of the place we live. On these days I always dream of travelling to somewhere new and exciting, an escape from my ordinary life. But that is no way to live. We should not feel the need to travel to take a break from our lives. Every moment is a part of your life whether it’s in the heart of New York or on an acreage in the rural suburbs. One should not be more exciting, more real, than the other. So it is with this mindset that I look upon the city that I am living in now. Though it is a transitional stepping stone in the path of my life, I want to look upon this place with new eyes. I want to find the quirks of this city, because every place has its quirks. Is every day going to be an adventure? Hell no. But that doesn’t mean I can’t try.
Categories: Inspire, Lifestyle
Tags: adventure, Blessed, change, city, Daily Interactions, inspiration, Love, positive, The Little Things, travel
“Every person has moments in their life that define who they are. These experiences hold the power to change our lives forever. When you look back on your life, how many times can you say ‘that’s the moment that it all changed'”
I recently had to compose a digital story for one of my English classes and the above sentences were the opening lines. It was inspired by my recent reflections on my life. Lately I’ve been thinking about my life and how it has come to be. I often wonder about the exact moments in my life that led me to where I am today, because every day we make decisions. Tiny, insignificant decisions, but eventually those choices begin to add up, and compile, until we find ourselves at a completely different place than we were a year ago. And I’ve come to realize that every moment has grand significance. I want to be so aware of each moment as they are happening and although it might sound cliche, I want to live every moment as if it were my last. x.
If my life was laid out in the pages a book, this would most definitely be the start of a new chapter.
See, I’ve recently transferred to a new university in order to complete my BEd degree. Previous to this, I lived in a small town and went to a small campus, so city life is a big step for me. To top it off, all of my close friends stayed at my old campus. In short: new school, BIG campus, and virtually no friends. The very definition of daunting. But it is also the definition of a new beginning.
Instead of letting myself be intimidated by these mega changes, I’m taking this new adventure head on. My very motto is everythingintransitt, so why not immerse myself into the city life and live to my greatest potential? In this past week alone I’ve already been faced with many challenges I’ve never met before, but I’m not going to let myself slip into a mental rut. It’s positive attitudes all around for this girl.
I knew that I needed to approach transferring to a new university from a positive perspective if I wanted to enjoy the next two years of my life, but I never knew that I would fall in love with the city or my new campus. At least not this quickly. I was afraid I would regret my decision to continue with my BEd degree, but my reaction could not have been more opposite. I know with everything inside me that this is the place that I need to be right now and I couldn’t be more excited about this fact.
I never knew I needed a new beginning, but here I am at the start of a new chapter and I cannot wait to turn another page.
And the rest, well it’s still unwritten ❤