Sick of making resolutions that never get fulfilled? I sure never followed through on my workout plan! Instead of making a list of things to check off, my best friend and I started exchanging letters to each other at the end of the year. We never read what each other wrote, but handed it off to one another for safekeeping. Until the new year comes around, we would unseal our letters and reflect on thoughts that we once had before. Unfortunately, the exchanging of letters never caught on, but that didn’t stop me from writing letters to myself.
These letters are not a list of “to dos” that simply gets checked off — they are long-term goals that I hope to continue or implement into my daily life. It’s a way for me to strive to be a better person (or a better me). They are also a representation of how far I’ve come!
Below you can see what I’ve consistently concealed in my letters:
- Go after your dream. I have a simple dream really, and it’s to get that dream job. It has definitely been very discouraging during the past few months, receiving one rejection after another, but I’m not the type to give up so easily. So, I encourage all of you to find your passion, work at it and to never give up!
- Know your worth. There’s a saying, “If you don’t believe in yourself, then who will?” There are going to be plenty of people who will discourage you, lower your self-esteem and push you down. Keep in mind that you are the only “you” in this world, and no one can take your place. It is your job to fight for yourself because no one else will.
- Who cares what they think. At the end of the day, what matters most is what you think of yourself. Trust your instincts, do what you believe is right and live the life you aspire to live. As stubborn as this may sound, this is your life and you only get one chance to live it.
- Hold onto the good people in your life. There’s a few people I can name on the top of my head who have proven from time to time that they got my back. If you ever find those kind of people who would be there for you in both your successes as well as your darkest hour, hold onto them — they are the ones who you can actually count on.
- Change your attitude. You’ll learn that what constitutes a “good” day from a “bad” day is partially due to your attitude. The secret to finding happiness is you — you can decide to be happy by waking up every morning with a smile or waking up every morning wishing the day was over before it even started.
This past year has taught me many things, including patience. My family is not known to have it, I can say we all got it from our grandfather. Our low patience is what gets us easily frustrated and aggravated with ourselves and others, and from the trials I’ve been put through this past year, I can definitely say I’ve been tested. Even though I haven’t reached my goal just yet, I know I am slowly making strides. Right now, I’m just going to keep putting myself out there, and trust in the timing. Because as Yoda says, “Patience you must have!” (A little Star Wars reference for all the fans out there).
With hard work and patience, I’m going to continue to work on myself each and every day. So, if you want to move on from making the traditional list of New Year’s Resolutions, try out what I’ve been doing here! There’s a sense of romanticism about opening a letter that was written over a year ago.
Here’s to another year, another letter!
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