As 2017 drew to a close, I felt myself, and others, frantically planning the next year and looking ahead – the who/what/where/when/why of 2018. I love a fresh start, and a new year is a great time for it, but as I continue to plan and look ahead, I wanted to also take a moment to reflect upon the lessons of 2017.
- Long hair is totally overrated. Cutting it off has saved me time and money, which feels great. Donating my long locks to a young person felt even better.
- I am growing up. Might sound totally ridiculous for a 25 year old to have just realised that they’ve grown up, but it’s true. I used to get excited over going out all night somewhere cool, but now I’m just excited to have two hours of heating in the evening and finding out that Anthropologie have a sale. And an early night, there’s nothing better than an early night.
- Savoury food can be superior to sweet. And I have a new adoration Indian food.
- Everyone has a story. One of the most special things I learned during my month in New York was not to judge people so quickly. Have patience and make an effort to get to know people and a whole world you never imagined will unfurl before you.
- Learning is the best. School is wasted on the young. At 25 I applied myself to learning things I could never have imagined understanding before: anatomy, philosophy, Sanskrit! If there’s something you’re interested in, go out there and learn about it.
- I am not invincible. I’m still paying for a hamstring tear I acquired in October because I thought I was Stretch Armstrong – apparently I am not. Self care is going to be even bigger in 2018, it’s not a bad bandwagon to jump on really, is it?
- Good friends and family are all you really need. Goals are great, but the people around you are most important.