Your favourite dramatic 2016 review post.
Hey loves, I hope you’re all doing well.
Instead of bashing about how terrible this year has been politically and further on, I would like to talk about my year and what I have learned.
This monkey mind of mine is currently jumping around like crazy with all those reviews, throwbacks and resolutions blowing up on new years eve, but I’ve decided to simply talk and think about it because that’s what helps me most when dealing with overthinking.
Now: Get ready for some lists.
What are some great things that I did this year?
- I learned a lot about myself this year. I started to be more conscious about myself and the things I do like. I have become more eloquent if I might say so, mostly because we get pushed to adapt and improve in school so that I’ve remarked especially in the last few months. I also started to learn how to defocus of myself, from my negative mind.
- I started doing things that made me happy and cut toxic people out of my life, or at least lowered their value on the perception of my self-confidence.
- Like every year I went on vacation to France with my family and had a magnificent time as always.
- I went to Paris on a class trip and got the chance to explore a global city with my best friends for five days.
- I expanded my knowledge about veganism and sustainable living. I also started eating more vegan junk food as it has become more and more available here in Germany.
- I finished my second last school year with awarding on my report card. ( I didn’t get straight A’s of course but it was good enough for a small awarding)
- I bought a lot of plants because they make me really happy and even though one or two died most of them are doing well so far.
- I bought myself a good camera to take nice pictures because first of all it’s fun and it captures so many memories that I could forget about.
- I watched 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls in 3 months during exam time #noregrets
What are some things that I have learned this year?
( And when I say learned I also mean experienced because we learn stuff all the time, but we don’t experience everything )
- The law of attraction. Your thoughts, they control everything. So you might as well think positively and kindly, there are no negative benefits to that.
- The comfort zone is a beautiful thing, it really is. But you only see what you are really capable of when you leave it. And you will grow when you let yourself be uncomfortable.
- Friends are the family you choose, so choose well. This year more than probably any year I’ve experienced what true friendship is like. It’s not one thing, not one emotion, it’s different with everybody. It’s being able to have extraordinary conversations, to be understood perfectly, to work things out despite the differences, it’s balance and consistency, and most of all it’s communication , honesty and loyalty. and
- Don’t take yourself too serious, don’t take anybody and anything too serious. Some things just happen for whatever reason, some days you’ll be feeling like a trash can wanting to cry all day, some people are just completely ignorant, but it doesn’t matter. Sometimes it’s better to take a chill pill and save your energy.
- Regression to the mean: things will get better, and they will get worse, that’s just how it goes. You can strive for balance for all you want but life always finds its way to throw inconvenient things at you or make everything make sense all of the sudden. How I see it, it certainly can be comforting to believe that at the end good and bad will be even.
- Teachers aren’t as bad as you thought they were. They’re just people. Also: You simply didn’t like them earlier because you can’t have a proper discussion with a 15-year-old. But as you get older they start to take you more seriously when they realise it’s possible to talk properly to you.
- Working out makes you healthier and happier so do it. I know you don’t want to do it but deep inside you know it’s the best for you. Also: school sports sucks. without exceptions.
- Food and sleep are too good to be deprived of. Take that, 14 years old me.
- I learned lots of psychological hacks and tricks about reading people’s body language. And it’s really really cool.
In term of new years resolutions, I can only speak of the things I am sure to be happening. I’m going to finish school and until then I’ll just try to enjoy my time even though it’s going to be very stressful.
As the future is currently knocking on my door more or less, keep my eyes open for a career I might be interested in or simply find something I likes doing.
And finally: I just want to be happy. Do more things that make me and others happy. Because at the end of the day , january first is just a day as any other and years have never been a true measuring tool , it’s been people, songs and music.
all my love , J.