At the end of each year, I like to look back and reflect on my latest goals, aspirations and memories. 2017 has been filled with new experiences; losses, heartbreak, and the foundation of new, inspiring goals amidst the rubble.
There are many goals and dreams I’d like to pursue and chase this year. But, there are also a few things I’d like to leave behind in 2017. Letting go of what no longer serves your growth in life is just as important as cultivating your goals and dreams. Here’s a list of things that are better left in the past, to make room for new doors:
Social Media Habits
I’m definitely guilty of having one or two of these (or maybe a bit more than that). In the last stretch of 2017, I’ve blocked off accounts that I would visit that didn’t make me feel better after visiting them. Instead, I’d leave them feeling depleted, sad and much worse than before. This could be an ex, a page that affects your self esteem, or anything that doesn’t make you feel happy. Most of us spend so much time on social media, so why not fill our feeds with positive and inspiring images?
One of the most important life lessons I’ve learned this year is to hold off on my desire for things. When I look back on my fondest memories, they hardly ever consist of moments where I bought something I wanted.
The memories shared with friends, spontaneous trips exploring new corners of the world, and boundary pushing experiences are what I hold onto. Let go of your desire of things and focus on creating memorable experiences in your life. Those are the moments you’ll be looking back on.
Living in the Future
Whether it’s that perfect beach body, or that dream trip you’re planning- don’t let the future keep you from living in the present. If you spend your days thinking you’ll be happy when you get that one thing, you’ll throw away the days that lay right in front of you.
Often I find that when I finally do get what I was dreaming of, it doesn’t make me as happy as I thought it would have. What are you grateful for today? Seek the beauty within the present and each of your days will be filled with bits of joy.
Waiting For People To Support Your Dream
Let go of waiting for people to accept or support your dream. You are the only one who needs to believe in yourself and your dream for it to manifest into reality. It really is that simple! There will always be the non-believers, or those who don’t want you to succeed at all (yes, these people do exist). Pay them no mind, leave them behind and keep on chasing your dream. At the end of the day, you’ll be the one living it, not them!
Closing The Door
I’ve always been one for encouraging giving second chances and working on relationships and friendships. But, sometimes we need to be reminded of when it’s time to close that door and move on with our lives. Certain relationships and friendships may run their course, and there’s nothing wrong with that!
I’ve learned that with every relationship I’ve lost, I’ve gained something in return. You will always learn something from a friendship or relationship, whether it be about yourself, or simply life in general. Learning to let go when it’s time is not an easy thing to do but sometimes, it’s necessary for our growth.
What are some of the things you’d like to leave behind in 2017? I’d love to hear your aspirations!