“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards” – Soren Kierkegaard
Reflection is a powerful process. Among other things, looking back at past experiences and memories helps us to remember the good that others have done for us and as a reminder to be grateful and say thank you. Reflection helps us to avoid making certain mistakes again; it exists as a tool to learn from our errors. Reflection enables us to make educated decisions. Above all, reflection allows us to take a step back from the busy and constantly changing thing that we call routine. You know that thing that starts when the alarm goes off and doesn’t stop until we finally get to bed; still without doing all we planned. The thing that repeats itself for five days a week and consumes all our energy and thoughts. Routine is bad. Routine will take your soul and eat away at your years. We need to break it now and again.
How Can I Break Routine?
Breaking routine is easy. Pinch yourself and realise that you are not a drone. Robots are made to work in production lines, not as a model for life! I am sure we have all felt like robots at some point; Take a minute to reflect – look back at 2012 and ask yourself if you fulfilled your dreams or met your goals? What unexpected things happened – good and bad? What things are you most proud of and what lessons have you learned?
“Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.”
How Will I make 2013 a Better Year?
It amuses me when I look on Facebook and see several statuses from my ‘friends’ along the lines of ‘2012 has been such a rotten year. Here’s to a better 2013‘. I have news for you guys.
2013 Will be What You Make It.
I am serious; it is up to you to make 2013 a killer year. Or to let 2013 be a disaster. Our future is exactly what we make it. Whether it be by making irresponsible financial decisions, or allowing ourselves to get unhealthy and unfit, we set ourselves up to fall. Almost all bad things in life can be prevented.
The only inevitable things in this world are Death and Change.
While you have little control over the first, you very much define the second. I am serious. It is up to you to make the change now and prepare yourself for making 2013 the best year of your life. Reflect on your past mistakes and learn from them. Make a set of goals/dreams/targets and absolutely go for it! Don’t stop until you have absolutely nailed it…. Aim for the freaking stars!! You need to be the start of your own difference… the instigator of that change. Break the stereotypes and change people’s minds. Perhaps one of my favourite motivational quotes ever is by a hero of mine – Mohammed Ali – one of the greatest boxers that ever lived.
“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
Ali is preaching that the result of the fight is already decided upon, long before the boxers enter the ring. The boxer doesn’t win the fight on the night, rather the boxer wins the fight by training… training hard. This quote can be applied to almost anything else in our lives. Only in extremely rare circumstances (luck) do we become rich in an instant; rather, we become rich by making a collection of good decisions and by following certain training plans. Being disciplined with money can be compared to being disciplined with food. Spend it on the wrong things / eat the wrong things and you can quickly lose the fight. Conversely, by training regularly and efficiently and you can easily win; the concept is not difficult; sustainability is the problem.
Furthermore, get the right training plan / saving plan and you can live with reduced stress. Start saving early and you have the peace of mind that you are ready for anything that life can throw at you. Stop being envious of others – make the change in yourself.
Highlights from 2012
There is no future without a past, because what is to be cannot be imagined except as a form of repetition
As the end 0f 2012 approaches, I reflect over the last year and think about all the things that have happened and how I have grown. 2012 was a Huge year for me and I don’t think I will have such an eventful one for a while! Here are five of my highlights
- I Married My Soul mate – Almost a year ago, I traveled to Thailand to wed the girl of my dreams. I welcomed in 2012 in the best way ever on the shores of Phuket; setting off fireworks, drinking copious amounts of beer and surrounded by my loved ones. I experienced two of the best weeks of my life.
- We Bought a House – We made the biggest financial commitment that a couple can make and bought a house. A two-bedroom palace of independence – our first home.
- We Went on our Honeymoon and Got Certified – we visited the paradise island of Roatan and finished our Rescue Diver Course; another step towards our goal of Divemaster! I Absolutely loved that fortnight!
- We spent lots of time with our families and with each other. Through visiting on weekends and hosting family in our new home; we involved them immensely in our lives. We gave each other the most precious gift of all – time.
- SavvyScot was Created – Almost ten months ago to the day!
The question I am asking myself now, is what is 2013 going to bring? What changes do I need to make to prepare for the future and what can I do better? To be continued…
What was your single biggest highlight of 2012? Why was it so special to you?
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