A NEW YEAR - A NEW START
The new year has officially kicked in and I hope it brings a lot of joy and success along for everyone. It is a new beginning and I am sure everyone has many plans and goals to accomplish and hence many resolutions. I think the best way to plan for the year that lies ahead and make it even better than the previous one is actually to throw some light on the year that has just gone by. We all get so busy planning for the new year activities that we actually almost forget it all about the previous year. But it is that very time of our life that matters the most because we lived it, we made mistakes and some we learnt from and some we didn't. So here's looking back at the year and taking inspiration from 2015 to make a better 2016, here are the 5 things I learned and would bear in mind to have a happier year ahead.
1. GET RID OF CONFUSION
I, like many others out there, have lived in a state of confusion for much too long and let me tell you something, it did me no good, absolutely nothing. A state of confusion can only lead to one thing that is waste of time. Don't waste your time thinking too much about something, if you want something you go ahead and do it. If something bothers you, try to find the answer and if you are unable to do so, go ahead and take a decision. Remember, you can always find answers if you really want to. So next time you get confused about shopping, personal or professional life, don't fret over it. Instead be calm and talk to yourself, look for what's best for you, what do you really deserve and then take an action instead of just sitting over it or waiting for someone else to do it for you. This is something I have learned big time from the last year and confusion will certainly have no place in my life in 2016.
2. HAPPINESS IS YOU
You are your own source of happiness and I am so glad to have learnt this from my experiences last year. As most of you know, I moved to Italy last year and I had absolutely nobody in Italy, of course I made new friends which was amazing and I cherish the time spent with them but above all, I cherish the time I spent with myself. I did things for myself and found joy in small little things which was super important for me. I did not see my family for a year, was single, was a student and hence almost always broke but I had moments of self-discovery where I would be happier for things nobody could ever imagine. Don't count on anyone else to make you happy, it is only you who can and should control your own happiness.
3. PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU EAT & WEAR BUT DO NOT OBSESSE OVER IT
Okay, so this is another very important thing that I learnt. Before I came to Italy and back when I was in India, I was the worst person when it came to eating habits. I would barely enjoy food because I was always scared of putting on weight and blah blah. But that was crap, seriously. You don't put on weight because you eat food and enjoy it, you put on some pounds when you eat the wrong stuff and don't move your muscles. I lost a lot of weight when I was in Italy without really compromising on food. The best thing about being in Europe is that you walk a lot and I would mostly eat very healthy food. And I am still not in a great shape but I am happy with what I am and working towards what I want to be, in a healthy way. I have always been a fan of dressing well but sometimes in the past, I would obsess over it which now when I think of it, was nothing but stupid. It is a good habit to be involved in self-grooming but don't let it get to your head. Wear what you want and be comfortable in it and make your own style. You look the best when you are happiest.
4. NOT EVERY DAY WILL BE BRIGHT & SUNNY
I know this goes without saying and hence we all should be prepared. 2016 too will bring days that will be dark and stormy and unpleasant to look at. My advice - just sleep it off on those day, lol. What I mean is don't let 1 bad day spoil your entire week or month. Remember you are the master of your own happiness and it is totally up to you how you let bad things affect you. Shake off the negative and take in the positive.
5. LIFE IS ALWAYS GOOD
I know it sounds cliche when I say it like this but then when does it not! But there is always something good to look at, something positive. Believe in yourself and hope for the best things to happen and I am not just saying it like that, I do practice it. I am 27, single, unemployed at the moment with no permanent address but I still believe something very good will happen soon. Show your back to all the negativity and brace yourself for everything that lies ahead, learn to celebrate small little things and be thankful for everything that you have and start a new year with a new energy and everything will be alright. :)