Saturday, 11 February 2017

Lessons Learnt from 2016

1. Political polls are never accurate. Don't trust them. (This is how, when my family were horrified by my opinion, I was bracing myself for the awful moment when the Republicans won the US Election.)

2. I'm never going to be thin, and that's okay. I'm never going a size 10, and that's okay. I am slim, and I am happier with my body than I have ever been before. Some bodies aren't meant to be thin; mine is one of them, and I'm okay with that.

3. If you want a tattoo, regardless of the looks that family member gives and not so quietly says when you say that you want one that you "clearly aren't part of this family then," you get that tattoo. Where the body is a blank canvas, a tattoo is the paint.

4. Never wear dangly earrings if you're going to try clothes on whilst out. No good can come of it.

5. One of the best thing you can do is learn your body's manual. Learn what leads to you feeling a certain way, or what something is a sign of.

6. If an opportunity arises, and you have the means to  take the opportunity,  just do it. So many incredible experiences occured in 2016 just because I said yes.

7. Often it's easier to expect the worst and be pleasantly surprised instead of getting self-assured based on previous positives. It sounds mad but at least it keeps you on your toes.

8. Bravery in the face of Anxiety is always something to be proud of. You are rebelling against everything your mind is wrongfully telling you - that is an achievement, no matter the size.

9. Travelling and getting out of your town/city is an exceptionally good way to clear your head. 

10. Stress is okay, but there comes a point when it's destroying you. Step back, actually take the time to relax, and clear your head. 

11. Use your voice. Say it bold and say it loud, because unless you fight for what you value, nothing changes. If you say it, you spread the message to those whom need to here it.

12. You're a Ravenclaw, then a Gryffindor. As identified by your 3 Pottermore sorting tests. Nevertheless, it's okay to show your Slytherin sometimes - have the determination you need to pull through.

13. If you feel your mental health is getting worse, then recognise the symptoms of what triggers this to happen, and keep that in mind of the future.

14. The friendships you value the most need to be fought for. If you feel the other person doesn't realise that they're drifting, then you need to fight for the friendship to show them how you feel.

15. Don't binge listen to a soundtrack for a film before going to see it. The film may be wonderful, but this previous act will totally take away from the film, dividing the film and it's music into two different entities. 

16. Just because a year is defined and categorised negatively because of world events, that doesn't mean that you can't consider your own year wonderful

What did you learn in 2016?

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