Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.– Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
Taking the time to stop and measure how far we have come, and how much we have grown as individuals is so important. Reflection helps us recognize lessons, and learn from them. Allowing us to turn these invaluable life experiences into oars that propel us forward in our journey.
I thought that I would take a moment to reflect upon the lessons that I have learnt over the past 6 years; lessons that have brought me to this very spot, contentedly bobbing along a meandering river appreciating the still, calm water below.
You will be okay. No matter what happens, You. Will. Be. Okay.
Trust yourself. Trust your instincts because they will always take you exactly where you need to go.
Change brings growth, which is uncomfortable and painful but always necessary. Take chances and be brave; don’t let fear dictate your decisions, that is not who you are.
Your heart is going to break and it is going to hurt (more than once). But it will always be worth it because it means you loved, and you are alive. Don’t ever stop loving wholeheartedly. (See no.1)
“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know”
Be graceful in letting go of what is not meant to be. Learn all you can and move forward.
Never stay in relationships, jobs, countries, just because you are comfortable. That isn’t where the magic happens.
Forgive regardless of whether they deserve it, want it or need it. Forgiveness will set you free from the negative constraints that bind you to that person/situation.
Be vulnerable. There is so much to benefit from living life with an open heart.
It’s okay to be sad, to fail and be wrong, to be hurt; to ask for help. This is how you learn.
If someone wants to be in your life, they will. Don’t make excuses for them, and don’t give them any more of your time. Focus on the wonderful people who are in your life; appreciate them.
Things change whether you like it or not. You can’t always be in control, relax and go with the flow.
You are going to lose people you love. You have two choices: a part of you can die with them, or you can try live a little more for them. (See no.4 & no.1)
Don’t settle: don’t settle for lukewarm love or not being a priority. Don’t settle for someone who cheats or lies to you. Don’t settle for an outfit that doesn’t make you feel beautiful, and don’t settle for food that isn’t nutritious and delicious.
Believe in happy endings. Remember, if you’re not happy, it’s not the end.
Life is beautiful.