Looking Ahead At 2018

Well, we are now a couple of days into 2018. As much fun as it can be looking back and reflecting on great memories, we have a brand new year ahead of us to look forward to. Whether 2017 went according to plan for you or not, the beginning of a new year is the beginning of a new chapter in the story of your life. You can improve upon the things you did last year (both the good and the bad), and make changes to not repeat the mistakes you made.

So, as we look ahead to the coming year, what are you most looking forward to in your life?

What I am looking forward to in this new year is simple. It’s just living a life of happiness. It’s being in control of my own happiness. It’s loving myself. These are things I FINALLY learned to do in 2017. I learned these things throughout the past year, and I am now looking forward to really applying them to my life.

In the past, I have relied on other people to make me happy. I relied on them to give me a reason to be happy. When I ended up being disappointed in a situation not working out as I had hoped, or when I found out that certain people weren’t who I thought they were, I was disappointed. That disappointment stuck with me for long periods of time. Looking back, I completely wasted a lot of time that should have been spent just being happy with myself. My life has been far from perfect, but, at the same time, I really can’t complain much. I know that a lot of people in this world go through life not knowing if they will get to eat every day, or if they will even live through the day/night. When you think about the things those people deal with on a daily basis, it makes the problems that most of us deal with every day seem so small and so simple. Don’t waste time whining about failed plans. Change your plans and try again. Don’t let things you can’t control ruin your day. Focus on the things you can control and learn to accept that sometimes things just happen in life, whether you want them to happen or not.

With the right attitude, you can make 2018 the happiest year of your life. Things won’t go as planned. There will be disappointment. In some situations, you will fail. That’s all part of life. Don’t let those things ruin your whole year. Take the hand you’re dealt and make the best of it.

I am going into this year with no expectations, yet I know there is endless potential. In past years, I have set certain expectations, and just tried to live up to them. With the knowledge I have gained over the past year, I can now clearly see that I had good intentions, but was just going about things in the wrong way. I keep seeing “New year, new me” posts all over Facebook. I’ve been there, done that. People seem to think that, as soon as the calendar flips to a new year, they are magically a completely different person. I used to think that way, too. It just doesn’t work that way. The person you are today is a result of the changes you’ve made over time. Your year and your life are whatever you make them, so make them great!!

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