What I learnt in January

by - February 19, 2020

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I guess this is a little late considering we’re already halfway through February. I’ve never done a month in review. But, January was a difficult month for me and so I wanted to document some of the things I’ve learnt this month, as it is when you go through difficult moments that you learn and you grow as a person. These are things I can hopefully take forward for the rest of this year.

1) It’s not selfish to focus on yourself - in fact it’s important you do pay attention to how you feel. You can’t help others if you don’t look after yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup. We all have our limits and that’s okay. There are times where you need to step back from it all.

2) You doing your best to help is and will always be enough. Sometimes no matter what you do, it feels like it’s never enough- it never cuts it. It still isn’t going to plan and things still go wrong. Doing all you can and your best is all you can do, all that can be expected of you. You shouldn’t hold yourself to unrealistic expectations, especially when looking at things in retrospect where you now know what’s happened.

3) You won’t always feel like yourself. Sometimes there isn’t a specific reason for that. What you have to do is focus on self care and know that you’ll get through it.

4) Your true friends are there for you so you can also share the difficult moments. I am a person that’s very used to being there for others. Sometimes, you need someone to be there for you. I almost got myself into a habit of being so used to always being there for others, and not wanting to dump my problems on others. The exact same way you support others, you deserve to be supported too. A real friend won’t walk away when you’re struggling - they’ll help you.

5) You will handle the exact same situation better some days than others - that is OK- you have some good days, some better days and some bad days. Some days may feel like a struggle and it is fine just to focus on getting through things at times.

I’m sharing this to say that it’s okay not to feel okay at times. Sometimes things go wrong- some months are hard. But, we can always learn and it’s never too late for a new beginning. Maybe 2020 didn’t start the way I would have wanted it to. But I’m using February to try and make a fresh start. Because it’s never too late to try something all over again. You don't need a new year to begin again. 💜

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