Nowadays, I’ve finally realized that life doesn’t require an age limit in doing what you want and pursuing your dreams. In the past, I’ve always tried to make deadlines to certain things that I want to do. I was wrong. If you want to go visit another country, learn another culture, start a new career, develop a new skill or just maybe try something out of your comfort zone, don’t rush yourself. Just as the famous saying goes, “It’s never too late”.
I’m 21 years old now and it might not be that much but amidst all the pressure and stress that all twenty-or-something year olds have been facing, we tend to be harsh with ourselves when we haven’t reached our dreams at a certain age or when we haven’t figured out our whole life yet. Its not our fault though. You’re not too blame for feeling that way. Although it is good to try to figure out your life and set some goals, please don’t forget to enjoy your life too when you’re at it. Try to take a breather and focus on things that matter. Do things that will calm your being and clear your head then you’ll be able to really focus on the goals that will really take you far and make you happy. Another thing, don’t be too cruel with yourself when things don’t feel right. Time flies so fast to spend it on regretting too much. Mistakes are inevitable in life. Mistakes aren’t dead-ends. They’re a start of a cycle of learning from it and standing up again. Our twenties aren’t just practice time for the future, your twenties are a part of your life too so don’t forget to remind yourself to enjoy every moment of it.
You see, when people are too afraid of what the future has in store for them, they tend to make their own deadlines, be harsh with themselves and take advantage of the present that they start to forget to live their own lives. If you’re feeling scared about your future, focus on the present first. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing five things to remember before another year starts and hopefully, it will be of help to you.
- Set goals.
When you want something, you set your mind into it and then you get excited and become motivated when you finally formulate a goal. Setting goals for yourself not only gets you motivated but also helps you to focus on the important things. Do take note that working towards your goals is never an easy journey. You will get tired, discouraged or even think of giving up but that’s what makes goals significant. Since they help you focus on the important things, once you reach your goals, you’ll then realize just how much you’ve accomplished. Simple piece of advice? Don’t give up. You’ll thank yourself later.
It might not be such a big thing but writing down your goals on a piece of paper actually helps. A written goal is an external representation of your inner desires and it also serves as a constant reminder of what you need to accomplish.
Another important side note, some goals are not permanent but that’s okay. As you change, your goals also change too. Doing self-reflection every now and then doesn’t hurt and it even helps you to learn yourself more.
- Get your health in order.
Keeping your physical and mental health in check is very important too. Start doing yourself a favor by eating healthy food and exercising. I know what its like to be really busy and basically don’t have the time to rest so if you finally have the chance to give yourself some rest, please do. For your mental health, if you need to visit a therapist, please don’t be afraid to visit one. Making your health a top priority is very important.
- Make the people who fuel you feel special.
Your family, friends, relatives or basically just anyone who holds a special place in your heart, don’t forget to remind them and make them feel how special they are to you. When I was younger, I thought that having many friends was good but when I got older, I realized that having a small yet special group of people who encourage and support you all through out your life is definitely much better. Invest time and effort to the people who really matter.
- Get your financial paperwork in order and start saving.
Trust me, you’ll seriously thank yourself too in the future when you save money. Its never too early or too late to start saving. List down the all the things you’ve been putting your money on and then identify which ones are the most important and which ones that you can probably cut off.
- Having short-term new year’s resolutions also help.
If you think you’re bad at keeping long-term new year’s resolutions, then start with short-term ones. Slowly start with that and then in no time, you’ll be able to do long-term ones. If you have to take baby steps in achieving something, go for it. Work at your own pace. You’ll get there, trust me.
And that ends this blog post! I hope in some way, the words that I have shared with you will help you in a way. In the midst of all the stress, take time to breathe and time to reflect. It’s okay to work towards your dreams but never forget that life is meant to be enjoyed too.
Wishing you all the best this coming 2018 and good luck with your journey!