Currently listening to unconditional by Aaron Smith.
Happy new year, my amazing readers. After a long, hard, frustrating, stressful, and largely unpleasant year, I think we are all entitled to enter 2021 with high hopes for a better one. That doesn’t mean we don’t have things to be grateful for. There are always, always, ALWAYS things to be grateful for, and I hope you’ll be remembering some of those throughout the day.
At the same time, I know we’d all like to find some easier times ahead, and I’m sending each of you my wish for exactly that. More laughter, less hair tearing. More time to enjoy the things you love, and less time stuck at home. More days spent with family and friends, and not quite so many spent without the ones we we want to be with.
For the past years, I spend late-December or early-January pondering what has gone well in the past year, along with what my hopes are for the year to come. It has always been a powerful and grounding exercise, whether the year is the best yet or a complete dumpster fire.
Life has a way of throwing things at your face when you least expect it. After countless struggles and endless attempts to work on my yearly plans, years back, I decided to do away with writing resolutions, once and for all. I think I realised that once you reach a certain point in your life, resolutions no longer hold any significance, because you know they stand on slippery terrain. One may not foresee how and where situations change and everything that one has been planning for might never see the light of the day. That was how I experienced the shift from making resolutions to setting intentions and goals.
In the face of one of the most powerful challenges of my life, 2019 had already taught me that there was no point crying in the rain and waiting for sunshine when all I needed to do was to change my stance and learn to dance in the rain instead. Naturally so, in 2020, “PEACE OF MIND” came to be my word of the year.
2020 literally became the total opposite of that word. As you know, it was big year dealing with crisis all over the world, a pandemic, racism, police brutality, rape issues, etc. This year forced me to put a lot of things into perspective and also see my pain and struggles for what it really is. It brought me wisdom and acceptance. But, more than that, it also made me aware how our time in this world slips by faster than we think or realise. I also realised that before I got started on my intentions, I had to work on myself to get my well-being into focus before I was ready for taking on whatever the year had in store for me.
With that, in mind, I came up with My Word of the Year for 2021— “HOPE”
With everything that happened last year, I can only hope for a better year, better opportunities, better relationships and results. The start of a new year can often fuel our motivation to pursue new ventures, improve our skills, and aspire to achieve new personal goals.
I think hope is at its heart – contrary to popular belief – a choice more than a feeling. Hope keeps us tethered to ultimate reality beyond surface appearances. It reminds us that there are things worth loving, things worth fighting for, things worth dying for. Our hope is only as valuable as the thing we put our hope in: many of us hope in the wrong things, and we find ourselves shattered when those things, when those people, fail us.
Yes, even if life is tough, you can have that positive mindset, and hope that everything turns out good at the end. With this you feel better about your life in general and it’s easier to get through challenges on every front when you feel nourished. This, in turn, allows you to have more to give to family and the loved ones.
So, with a lot of hope and fervent prayers, I’m looking forward to stepping into 2021, promising to live in the moment, immersing myself in all that I do, and nurturing myself, to the best of my ability.
Here’s hoping for a happier year in 2021. It may be a slow start, but I’m sure we can look forward to more fun and freedom eventually. I’m also looking forward to writing more often, so help me God.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT RESOLUTIONS?
DO YOU ALSO HAVE A WORD FOR THE YEAR?
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Ciao Ciao 🤞🏾.12