GOODBYE 2015, HELLO 2016

Goodbye 2015

This year has been special to me (let me count the ways here). But as I’m getting older, there’s a little voice inside my head repeating: Do not outgrow yourself. Do not outgrow life. How do you grow up, be a grown-up without losing the precious child — and all the things she loves and treasures — in you?

Yes, change is the only constant, they say, but I believe some things should remain unchanged and unadulterated.

I’ve disliked the word “boring” for as long as I can remember. I cannot imagine, and honestly cannot stand the thought of being called “boring”. I think it’s the worst insult ever.

Whenever life starts to feel… average (boring!), it’s time to re-evaluate. “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

Ever since I read these words, it has stayed with me as a constant reminder to not let life slip into boring-dom. This year, as I turn 21 — the official beginning of adulthood, right? — I made it a point to do some things for the first time. Today, as we count down to the end of 2015, and another new beginning, I look back at some of these firsts — big or small — and I”m really glad I made them happen. Hopefully, they inspire you to do something new in the New Year.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

I Cut Down On Time Spent On Social Media
I did. I cut down on a lot of time spent looking excessively at social media — and all that time has been put to better use: Actually talking to my friends more, hanging my laundry (it takes me eight minutes each time — yes, I timed it), and going out to enjoy Mother Nature.

I Read The News Every Day
The older I get, the more I know, the more aware I am that there’s so much more to the world I don’t know and understand. While the plan is to travel the world to see and experience it for myself, it’s helped to read the news every day to know what’s happening around me in the very least. And by “read” I don’t mean Twitter.

I Started An Investment Account
They say “every cent counts”. Being adult also means having financial independence and stability. So, slowly but surely, I am making my hard-earned money work harder for me 😉

I Learned To Work Better With People
That requires me to think and see the best in people. For my school projects (as in real life, I guess), work groups are randomly organised. I’ve learned to adapt and be more open-minded and understanding with people from different backgrounds and cultures. It’s been challenging, but I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Learned a lot, too.

I Went To An Outdoor Film Festival
Catching a film outdoors is a whole new experience: I had to blow up inflatable back-rest cushions (I know right?); I saw bats fly past and kept calm (you surprise yourself sometimes) … I loved every minute of it. Oh, the movie? While We’re Young. How apt.

I Set Up My Own Furniture
OK, so I got some help from my boyfriend. The point is, it has such a therapeutic effect. It’s not unlike putting the pieces of your life together. Who knew I’d derive so much joy from nuts and bolts? Thanks, Ikea!

So, when was the last time you did something for the first time? Don’t underestimate the power of this simple question. Try asking yourself from time to time — it could be finally wearing that bold red lipstick to picking up a new language. There are no limits, only willingness.

Photo: The Blonde Salad

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