Last year was the year of loss, ennui, and great doldrums. Although it was indeed a dreadful year for most of us, 2020 also thrust us to shed the skin of our old identities and embrace a tidal wave of unknowns in its place, as we are slowly being prepared for a new year that is 2021. This is a terrifying experience—indeed—but also one that has the potential to awaken our souls, actualize our dreams, and prioritize ourselves.
Allow yourself to make mistakes in 2021
Perhaps one of the most essential things that we should normalize and take into consideration this year is embracing the reality that we can and will commit mistakes. Life is not about achieving perfection, after all, it’s about accepting its flaws and learning from it. One can achieve greatness if we can learn from our mistakes. Just like the book Unleashing The Greatness In You: The Power Of Self-leadership says, “Every human is endowed with the seed of greatness and is designed to contribute.” We are all living to aim for greater things, and mistakes should not be bricks of the wall that would stop us to get to where we want to be, it should be a stepping stone that would help us to get there, and become the better version of ourselves.
List down things that are important to you and focus on them
There are a plethora of things and issues these days circulating on social media that are not worth a piece of our energy, so in order for you to easily determine which to deal with, list down things that are important to you — be it your work, dogs, family, friends, (or even the government’s incompetence). It is for you to know if it’s worth your time and energy. So, by the moment you encountered something that would take your time, check if it’s on your list, if not — then it’s not something important. Just like what the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k tells us, “The key to a good life is not giving a f**k about more; it’s giving a f**k about less, giving a f**k about only what is true and immediate and important.” Life is too short to waste time on something that’s not beneficial to you, make sure to spend it on something worthy of your energy.
To live a life without purpose is no life at all
Albeit finding one’s purpose does not happen overnight, knowing your goals and objectives is another way of taking care of yourself. It’s okay if you still haven’t figured it out — there’s no need to rush. It might take time, but know that having a purpose makes one’s life meaningful as it gives us something to aim and strive hard for.
You are your own competition
Perhaps one way of living a better life this year is not focusing on other people’s achievements and success. Life is not a race, so focus on yourself only. The only competition that you should make is yesterday’s version of you, so make sure that you are becoming better as the days go by. No matter how big or small, progress is still progress, as long as you are seeing results.
Fall in love with your passion, again
2020 made us almost forget about what we loved to do, as we are only focused on one thing— to survive. And in 2021, I hope you get back on things your heart truly desires. I hope you find time to get back to your passion. Life is too short to being stuck in a place that doesn’t give you happiness and satisfaction after all.
In 2021, I hope you continue to take care of yourself and focus on your improvement. I hope you never give up because you’re making more progress than you realize. You’re closer to your destination than you would ever imagine. You might not be able to see it now — and if you ever give up, then you’re never going to see it. That’s why you have to keep going — keep surviving. After all, we’re made of millions and billions worth of stardust, that’s why when they congratulate you that you survived, you don’t only celebrate surviving, you celebrate getting another chance to keep fighting.