17 reflections from 2017

Tamarama Beach, Sydney

ONE. Surround yourself with people who are not only there for the good times, but those who push you towards greater things. Those who recognise opportunity and love you enough not to let opportunities slide. Those who share the same drive and passion to achieve goals and aspirations. Those who don’t accept your shitty excuses even if all you want to do is take the easy way out. Those are the kind of people you want in your life. 

TWO.  Don’t ask if you’re not prepared to hear the answer. 

THREE. Being a good friend means never expecting something in return for all you’ve done for them.

Manly Beach, Sydney

FOUR. We get so caught up with the hustle and bustle of our daily lives - studying, earning money, travelling, kicking goals; that we tend to forget to look out for the actual humans that make up our lives. If you are like me who is guilty of this but have also been on the shorter end of the stick, let today be a trigger to check in on those around you. A simple ‘are you ok?’ May be enough to kickstart a meaningful conversation - you just have to listen. (R U OK Day)

FIVE. Solitude comes with finding comfort in your own presence. It comes with knowing how to find love and happiness within yourself and knowing that you don’t have to depend on others for it. You find strength when you find solitude. 

Sydney Harbour National Park

SIX. We’re all fortunate enough to have something we do or somewhere we go to when we need to escape. An escape from our hectic lives, our work, the people around us, an escape from anything that clogs up our minds. Now, I know it’s called an ‘escape’ but I think it’s imperative that we don’t mistake it for running away. Maybe it’s more appropriate to call it a ‘time out’ from the real world? Point is, whatever it is we do or where it is we go to clear our heads or take a breather - may it be a hobby or heading to our own secret location; don’t ever forget it or let it go. Your ‘go-to’ escape has gotten you out of your darkest moments before, why would you give it up now? If it keeps you sane and your wellbeing healthy, keep it going. 

SEVEN. It’s not a case of how many chances you’re willing to give. It’s how much more of yourself are you willing to sacrifice in order to give them the benefit of the doubt? Do they really deserve it and is it really worth the pain?

EIGHT. Don’t let your fear of falling stop you from soaring.

NINE. Every day, we are blessed with a beautiful sunrise. We may not always see it, may not be able to appreciate its beauty because we’re still in deep slumber; but we do have the ability to appreciate its significance. We can appreciate the fact that it marks a new day, a clean slate, a new beginning. If we were unable to achieve what we hoped to yesterday, that’s okay, because we get another chance to achieve it today. If things didn’t go well for us yesterday, let’s not dwell on it and bring it into our day today. If people wronged us yesterday, let’s give them a chance to make it up to us today. Why do we keep holding not things that make us anxious, unhappy or angry, when we are given a whole new 24 hours to enrich our lives with?

TEN. We owe it ourselves to live our lives to the fullest while we have time on this beautiful earth of ours.

Disney California Adventures Park

ELEVEN. The great thing about fear is it highlights what we really want and what’s ‘stopping us’ from achieving or obtaining it. We can either use fear to hinder us from taking risks, from pushing ourselves, and ultimately leave us stuck in a life of mediocrity and complacency… or we can use that same fear to fuel our desire to get what we want, reach our goals and at the end of the day, better ourselves. 

TWELVE. You deserve more than you think you do. Have enough respect and love for yourself not to compromise on your values, goals and happiness. 

THIRTEEN. Everyone dwells on the uphill battle but nobody takes the time to enjoy the ride downhill. 

Nob Hill, San Francisco

FOURTEEN. Always pick happiness. That should be non-negotiable. 

FIFTEEN. At what point and in what scenario is it okay to put yourself first, to be selfish?

SIXTEEN. Don’t stop until you’ve reached your goals. And you know what, even then, keep setting new goals. The more we push ourselves, the greater opportunity and growth we give ourselves. 

Crater Cove, Sydney

SEVENTEEN. Surround yourself with people who will constantly push you out of the world of complacency. People who will keep you accountable when you have the potential to runaway from a difficult situation. People who are willing to chase their dreams at all costs, and without letting others’ opinion of them get in the way. People who make their own paths and not merely follow someone else’s. Surround yourself with people who will be there for you even if things don’t go according to plan. I am certainly glad and grateful to be fortunate enough to have a handful of these people in my life - y’all know who you are. 

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