Wrapping up 2021, here are some reflections and 4 big learnings from this year:
Life is way too short to dream small. Walt Disney famously said that all our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. When we dream big about the person we wish to become, we may actually end up surprising ourselves. Until we do, we have no idea what we’re capable of. Writing a book has been one of the most enriching experiences I have endured so far, and having Teenage Chronicles published makes me feel tremendously grateful. People may have their opinions, and circumstances may occasionally be hard. But if you’re on to something big, carry it out with pride. Dream big because no one else is daring to!
Love people more than they deserve. You never know how much time you have left with someone. So if you appreciate someone in your life, let them know you care. In Tuesdays with Morrie, Morrie agrees that love stands as the only act that gives life meaning. In the end, not all relationships will remain within our control as some naturally fade away. It’s the memories we make with the people we love that matter. Make loads, so that you can treasure them forever.
Take risks. Sometimes it is okay to push yourself outside your comfort zone. Skydiving has been an experience that will always be etched in my memories. I overcame my fear of speed and heights (and also felt like Superwoman 🙈). Some of the other brave things I did this year is public speaking for an “Encourage a Young Writer Day”event, riding really fast on my horse Jack, and walking away from something that hurt me. I also tried my first OYSTER this Christmas.
Have an open mind. My travel journies this year have taught me to be appreciative of all cultures. Having an open mind helps us form harmonious relationships with whoever we meet, and there are so many things I learned from others who look and live quite differently from me. Anyone who has ever been to Serbia would agree that kindness defines the “Serbs”. You can talk to anyone on the street and they will gladly help you with a warm smile. Kindness is indeed magic, right?
On that note, I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a blissful New Year to come. Less bitter, more glitter!
– SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻♀️