Monday, 6 January 2014

A Rosie outlook for 2014

Hands down another fantastic year. 
I won't bore you with the ins and outs of my year, but I will have a stab at picking a best bit. 
Well for me the clear winner for best experience was my inter-railing trip during the summer. I promised myself at the beginning of 2013 that I would visit more places this year, and I managed that quite well! I want to be able to tell stories of the places I've been and things I've seen, and slowly, but surely Molly and I have started writing our own travel history.

Now for 2014!
I am not a huge lover of new years resolutions. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great to set yourself targets for the future, I only wish people wouldn't resign just one day a year to assessing and making these resolutions. I believe to achieve true happiness and joy in life you should be assessing things more than once a year. I think we should all take a look at what we want a lot more often. We need to delve deep in to our souls and figure what our ambitions, our wishes and our dreams are, and take steps to make those happen. Whether it be what career path you wish to follow, where you want to move to or simply just figuring out what makes us happy, establishing resolutions is paramount to happiness. Instead of just thinking about it once a year, take a bit of time every month, or every few months, to assess what makes you happy, and what is making you sad, and for goodness sake make changes to them!

So, instead of setting myself resolutions for the year, I'm going to set myself mottos which I follow, and wish to carry on following.

(1) Nothing worth having comes easy.

I truly believe this. If you want something which is valuable and worth having, you are going to have to work for it. Whether it be a loving relationship, good grades or the perfect job. These things aren't going to fall in to your lap, and why on earth should they. Things worth having are worth fighting for. Remember this when you're slaving away over an essay, thinking 'why is this so hard, why can't it be easy?'. Well if it was easy to write that essay and get that grade you really wanted, it wouldn't be worth having. We all learn from overcoming obstacles, fighting our demons and coming up on top. And always remember that sense of achievement you will get when you finally reach that goal.

(2) It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.

As my mother always says, 'it's nice to be nice', and as you know, mothers are always right! In life it is easy to get swept along with our successes, daydreaming about how nice it would be to have a heap of money, masses of the stuff we could splash out on whatever we fancied. But people don't love you for what you have, they love you for who you are. Being nice to other doesn't only lift their moods, but also will vastly improve yours, and your whole outlook on life. Try and compliment someone at least once a day, smile and say good morning to a stranger, and remember 'be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.' 

(3) If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.

One of the things I hate to hear the most is people talking about how much they hate what they do. How they dislike their job, where they live, or even the partner they are with. It may be easier for me to say as a student with no full time job, but if something is making you truly unhappy, then get rid of it. Detox your life of all the things which are making you miserable. Don't slave away at University for 3 years, getting a degree in a subject you don't feel passionate about just to get yourselves in a heap load of debt. Don't carry on in a relationship where your partner doesn't make you smile at least once  a day. Get rid of all those little weeds which are cluttering your happiness. I believe everyone is capable of happiness if we are thankful for all the fantastic things our lives. Don't get me wrong, I'm not blind to the fact that often things make us miserable and it isn't easy to change them. But if you figure what is it that makes you happy, then go out there and grab it with both hands, 'seize the day'. 

One last point is that I really dislike people using resolutions as a means of removing something from their lives which they get pleasure from. As with motto number 3, do what you love. And if what you love is eating chocolate, then for goodness sake don't eliminate it from your diet for your New Years resolution. If it makes you happy, then you aren't going to stick to if forever, and why should you?! Remember everything in moderation. Perhaps tell yourself, I am only going to have chocolate at the weekends. You may even find you enjoy it more! 

Happy new year, and all the best for 2014, let's make it the happiest yet!


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