Did 2016 live up to your expectations? Even as I start to answer, I hear my inner voice, rephrasing the question to ask ‘Did you live up to your expectations of all you wanted to be and do in 2016?
And the answer comes back to me loud and clear : No.
Is that cause enough to be disappointed in myself? Yes.
Am I going to wallow in guilt and beat myself up? No.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last few years, it is to accept myself faults and all. I’ve also learnt to live in the moment and be much more forgiving.
Am I making excuses for myself? No way. I don’t need to and don’t want to.
Does that mean that I’m not going to plan and dream for the next year? Absolutely not. Stay tuned for my word of the year linkup.
Here’s something that I found that I keep telling myself.
“Even at the moment of your failure, right then, you are beautiful … you don’t know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That’s your beauty.” — Lidia Yuknavitch
In many ways 2016 was a hard year for me. It forced me to make some difficult choices. But those choices helped to simplify my life.
I found that the best way to deal with situations was to be honest. Was I being dishonest before? Yes, when I chose to pretend that people didn’t hurt me. Or act as if it was open season for anyone who wanted to play games with me. 2016 was the year of no waffling. You ask me a question and you’ll get an honest reply even if you don’t like it.
“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” — Gandhi” ― James Altucher, Choose Yourself!
I still have a long way to go towards complete authenticity but 2016 took me a little closer to it.
What about you, dear reader?
Did 2016 live up to your expectations?
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