It is almost unbelievable how fast 2021 moved, and we are all now reaching the endpoint. The past 50 weeks moved at an incredible pace where we were either too busy growing emotionally, climbing our career ladder or even just as an individual. It is crucial for us as individuals to reflect on both the pleasant and unpleasant moments that we have encountered.
Following the quote by Rumi, “ Be like a tree and let the dead leaves fall”. We need to move past this year to begin the new year with a clear mind and a peaceful heart. Now, here is the question that many of us are seeking an answer to. How do we properly reflect on the year that has gone by? Here are some ways we can reflect on our 2021.
First, write down all the good things that have happened to you, no matter how small or big they were. It allows us to look back at how far we have grown this year. We need to celebrate the small things just as much as we celebrate the big things because, in the end, it is still something that we would have put in the effort to achieve.
Second, write or reflect on all the unpleasant things that have happened but do it without judgement. Our mistakes make us humans, and it only shows us that life as we know it is not perfect. You may feel uncomfortable reminiscing about the difficult times, but trust the process and tell yourself that you have come out of the struggles so much stronger than you were at that point in your life.
The next step is to write about your feelings. Write how it has been to overcome the struggles you have had this past year. Allow yourself to validate all the emotions you have gone through this year. It will lead you to understand that you will need to forgive yourself and other individuals that have hurt you. Holding onto mistakes or pain that was caused will only hurt yourself more and hinder you from moving forward to bigger and better things.
Finally, prepare for the next year by making small yet mindful changes. We are no superhumans that can transform in a day. Take time to understand yourself and plan to gradually make the changes you want to make. You cannot force change upon yourself until you are both physically and mentally ready. The most important thing to keep in mind is to remember that change takes time.
This year has brought a lot of joy, pain, laughter, tears, and growth. Living in a constantly changing and evolving world is not easy, so pat yourself on the shoulder and say “Good Job”.