Six months into 2019 and I look back with a mixed reaction. On one hand, time is flying past by me in its own tantalizing and taunting way, leaving me behind to catch up and on the other hand, I feel content for the time I got to spend with 2019 so far.
The year began with promises to the self – to take care of myself more than anyone or anything. It says “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. ” This quote is from Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist which was my latest read. What’s amazing is that I always believed that when we truly want to achieve something we will be able to do it. I had experienced that very phenomenon in my life before.
But when your goal is to take care of yourself, that needs some serious derails to prove that you indeed are taking care of yourself in a meaningful way. Sort of that light needs darkness to prove its brightness conundrum. So yes, there were days when I wasn’t at my best self, but those days were just what I needed to show to myself that how committed I was in this “taking care of the self” business.
Six months into 2019 and I am happy that I had my back, that I succeeded in not neglecting myself for someone else. It’s a huge achievement in my book.
Almost three months ago, I started writing Morning Pages and I must tell you, I agree with Julia Cameron the author of The Artist’s Way who codified this exercise called morning pages – it frees up your head and lets your creativity flow. That’s what happened to me. I believe my courage is also improving as I am contemplating about some ideas for the days to come (I need more courage and lose a lot more fear to see those ideas into action). I will have a detailed post on morning pages up on the blog soon if you are interested in knowing the whats and the hows.
Blogging didn’t happen the way I intended at the beginning of the year, but I am glad that my time was spent productively on most days. Preparing for the exam which I appeared last month was more or less to prove to myself that I had it in me than anything else.
Here are some lessons that 2019 has taught me so far:
- Everything is possible, all it needs is your willingness and commitment.
- The universe believes in you.
- Your failures will help you get better more than your successes.
- When you are aiming to achieve something that has a long term impact, give a long term time frame to achieve that, to begin with.
- Give yourself a break, you are not perfect, you are not meant to be perfect.
- Tools are just that, tools. It’s up to you to use it to help you.
These are the six lessons from the first six months of 2019 that I learned. How was 2019 to you so far? Care to share your thoughts with me?