Definitely, this year has been a hodgepodge of highs and lows — from having my last months of clerkship, graduating in my post-grad course, pursuing a new chapter in life as a medical intern, and coursing through the life in general with relationships and mishaps along the way. This year, I was reminded of my past aspirations, my hobbies, my frustrations, and my goals. It reminded me to take a little step back so that I can see the world a little bit different moving forward; to be humble, to be more understanding, and to be the better person than I was before.
As a year-ender, here are the five life lessons that I’ve pondered on as I went through my year.
Everything felt fast, but the lessons hit deep.
1.There will be low times
…and that’s okay.
It’s okay not be okay, but do not dwell too much down low. You can cry but not as much time as you would take to recover. Cry it out but do not harm yourself. Then, listen to your heart. Face the mirror and look at how far you have come in this life.
You cannot defeat something that you do not face head on, so find ways on how you will go about what you are dealing with. A problem is never without a solution. Low times were never depicted without the remarkable peak of success. Your time will come. Just do what you can, and pray for the best.
You cannot defeat something that you do not face head on, so find ways on how you will go about what you are dealing with.
2. Never stop learning
Once sang your heart out? Danced like no one was watching? Drew your imagination on a piece of paper or have hobbies you once knew so well until adulting set in? I too had them. And as I went through my quarter life, I have come to a realization that I miss that part of myself.
So, I tried to incorporate all my childhood hobbies in my usual schedule. I had anxiety at times. It felt as if time had left me somewhere while things were going on in the world; but I did not cease. I still went for it. I made appointments in my free time regularly, schedule it weekly as much as possible. I sang my heart out, danced like no one was watching, read books and wrote about my day and relearn the things that made me busy back then.
I had anxiety at times. It felt as if time had left me somewhere while things were going on in the world; but I did not cease.
3. Some will get harsh on you, but let it go.
There will be times, unsuspecting times, that people will get harsh on you. Those people whom you have decided to trust but have decided to crush you behind your back instead; Though not all, there will be some. And in that moment, you will feel weird in so many levels. As a person you will feel the need to reach out and try to make it up for them.
When you have done your part to mend ways and still can’t find the answer for their actions, then let it go. If they countlessly push you away, let it go. Life is short and you deserve love, understanding and sincerity; never hatred, indifference and hostility. So learn to let go. Let go of hurtful people. You deserve a crowd that would make you better, not bitter.
So learn to let go. Let go of hurtful people. You deserve a crowd that would make you better, not bitter.
4) Say a little prayer
Ever felt unprepared that your knees tremble in uncertainty? Preoccupied with thoughts that block your productivity?Juggling things up that you don’t know where to start? I too had them and they were never pleasing. In those moments, nonetheless, I find one answer that resets me back to my default. Prayers.
Prayers work wonders — a minute or two of your time in silence and self-healing makes a difference. It rejuvenates the soul, refocuses your energy. From aimless worries to boundless solutions. You make a way with prayers. When we worry, the energy we use dissipates to nothing but a negation of productivity. With no productivity, we feel more threatened as time passes by, hence the more we worry. It’s a vicious cycle of worrying. So, say a little prayer every day. Ask guidance from above that you may start and end your day as granted by God in your favor.
It rejuvenates the soul, refocuses your energy. From aimless worries to boundless solutions. You make a way with prayers.
5) Take a breather
Pause. Take a cup of your favorite drink, watch your favorite series, get your circulation going — walk, jog, do your HIIT’s — or any other habits you are fond of away from your work. Just take a breather. Having a productive life is not all about just getting busy and getting things done ASAP. Part of the productivity pie includes a sanity break. When we do, we even out the rhythms in our life. Our energy bars would be fueled just like how a Simoleon’s would go green, and we would do much better the next time we work.
When we do, we even out the rhythms in our life.
So there, how about you? What are your life lessons in your year? Ready for 2018?