Here’s what I wrote a few weeks ago:
I don’t know about you, but I always feel a bit introspective by the time of my birthday (I'm guessing you do too). At least, more and more after I turned 25 and I started to realise that I was becoming a “real adult” on my ID card, but in my mind, I had just as many doubts about life and direction as when I was 18.
The only difference was that at 25 I was thinking more (and therefore also worrying more) about life than with 18. And now, turning 34, even more.
Trying to apply the wisdom that I hope to have been acquiring over the years, and trying to maintain a mindful attitude without overly projecting the future, I think this is the perfect time to do a little yearly life review. An opportunity to reflect upon the last year and plant some good intentions for the new turn around the sun.
To simplify things, I’ll pick 3 things that worked well last year, and 3 things that could have worked better. And I’ll pick 3 things I want to stop doing and 3 things I’d like to improve and do more of this year.
LAST YEAR yearLY REVIEW
Things that didn’t go so well:
Things that went great:
GOOD INTENTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR
Things to stop doing:
Things to improve and do more this year:
There are ways in which I can help myself to achieve this, and one of them is to have a clear vision as to how I’m going to do it.
Reading, writing, and exercising, along with the things that I already like to see a part of my must-do routines (like meditation) are fundamental pieces of the big picture I’m trying to achieve. In tangible terms, is to be more prolific on my blog and start preparing for the marathon of writing a book.
I should also commit to not being harsh to myself and give up as soon as I find myself going out of track. So, to help me to keep myself accountable, at least on the reading and writing part of my intentions, I’d like to express here that the materialised outcome of these intentions should be at least 1 blog post per week and, ideally, 1 book review post per month.
I have always had the strong belief that we’re on this life ride to growth as Beings, and to appreciate the ride as much as possible.
The frustration we feel is many times rooted in regret. Mostly for the things we didn’t do when we had the chance to do them. And it always comes down to choices.
When we choose to say yes to something we’re saying no to something else.
So at this point, I suggest the following questions:
My answer to these questions is reading and writing, and taking good care of my health, by meditating and exercising. Sounds simple, and it is. So it should be.