2016 was a BIG year for many people, hell -a big year for many countries. So much occurred that will impact the future. There are even memes dedicated to the villain that is 2016.
It’s been a big year, yes, but I guess in some ways every year is.
However bad for the world, 2016 has been my best year ever. I am closer to who I want to be, physically, mentally and behaviourally.
What does this mean? Well as you fellow Type As will know, the strive to accomplish more and be more only intensifies. It’s like a fire inside that needs constant wood and kindle to be kept alight.
Last year I was struggling to maintain a healthy fire within, it felt like when the wind blew softly, I thought the fire was out. I needed to become more agile, creative and resilient. And although I am far from done, I know I have achieved more that I could have hoped for.
During 2016 amazing things happened, some I was directly responsible for – and some I was not. Lots happened in my professional environment which I won’t go into, but some personal highlights include:
It’s easy to read a list like this and think that everything was rosy and easy – that everything fell into my lap.
Let me assure you, there were times when I thought things were falling apart and I wasn’t sure I was making the right decisions.
An example of this is when our dining chairs were about to be delivered. We had been without chairs for months and eagerly awaiting their arrival. We then found out our custom chairs had been made incorrectly and it would be another 2 months if they were to be made again. Was the small difference in the design to execution necessary? I thought so.
Also, during the house renovations, a wall was to be moved and a doorway location changed. When this was done, I wasn’t happy with the result. It was only 30cms different than what I has envisioned. By then, the floor tiling has begun and it would cost more time and money to redo what had happened. Was 30cms worth the hassle? Tough choice.
My body shape changed dramatically this year. A few times I purchased clothes that I only wore once before they were too big for me. I am a small person, so changing from Australian size 14 to Size 8 has made a massive difference to the wearable clothes I have. I felt like I was wasting money by buying new attire, but I felt embarrassed and uncomfortable wearing clothes that were too big for me. Unwelcomed comments from others were increasing, relating to style, size and (the one that impacted me the most) posture*. I don't like wasting money, however if wearing the wrong sized clothes was making me walk and hold myself in a new way, I was more than happy to go shopping!
(*Unknowingly I was sticking my stomach out to keep my skirt from falling down. I was slouching my shoulders inwards to keep my top from revealing my bra-straps. In turn, I was creating bad habits because I was embarrassed at my ill-fitting clothes.)
God I make mistakes. I make a lot of them.
But mistakes are subjective and they are just learning opportunities disguised as bad moments.
I remember intensely loving the year I was 26. I felt like a lot changed for the better; I really grew to love and appreciate myself. When I turned 27 though, it was the beginning of a couple of difficult years. I must remember that life has ebbs and flows, and this is ok. It should be expected.
I just need to celebrate and appreciate the good times and be open to what lies ahead.
What are you most excited for in 2017?
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