2017: 365 Days of Lessons

I’ve decided.

This year I’m going to document the lessons I’ve learnt every single day, be it academic lessons, life lessons, advice from people, thoughts or ideas that occurred to me.

Why?

Because I’ve realised that there is so much that we can learn in our lives, every day, every single moment, but unfortunately, we forget them soon after we learnt/thought about them.

Therefore, by documenting these ideas and lessons into a single book (or maybe on my website or on Evernote), I can refer to them and assimilate them into my daily life.

Hmm… Maybe an audio recording would be better? Let’s see…


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Why I’ve always been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions

It is the start of the year and with every new year comes a whole bunch of dreams and hopes for a good year ahead.

A new year also signals a wave of resolutions to be set. Things like wanting to lose weight (again), eat healthier (again), find that special someone (again).

But all of us know all too well how quickly resolutions die down after just a week or two.

However, unlike the rest of the world (except maybe a dignified few), I take my resolutions seriously and have always been a fan of them since I was 14 (I’m 21 now).

So, why am I a fan of New Year’s Resolutions?

  1. IT SETS THE COURSE FOR THE YEAR
    All of us have many goals/dreams that we want to achieve and some are dreams that we’ve held on for years. Furthermore, as we live through life, more and more of such dreams occur to us, piling up on the long list of things we want to achieve before we die. Therefore, by prioritising certain goals/dreams at the start of the year, we are able to focus on what truly mattered to us and work towards them for the rest of the year, putting everything else on hold.
  2. IT’S A CALMING EXPERIENCE
    To me, goal setting is a calming experience. It allows me to bring myself to the centre stage and bask in the limelight even for just a few minutes. It helps to refocus my thoughts, ideas, dreams and aspirations, and what I truly want (not what others want). It allows the individual to refocus life on himself (or herself) and give themselves 100% of the attention. Furthermore, the ticking off of checkboxes is such a motivating feeling and drives you further to achieve those long-term goals.
  3. DEFINES WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO BE
    I’m using the word ‘define’ pretty loosely here. Of course, mere resolutions are not things that should define you, however, I believe that resolutions are more like spices and condiments that add flavour to your life. By setting resolutions, I believe that it gives us a peek into who we’re going to be in the future and that motivates me to work on those said resolutions.

Those are just a few of the many other reasons why I have always been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. May we set good ones and strive hard to achieve them by the end of the year.

P.S.
I think people set resolutions that are doomed to fail. They will set resolutions that are not considered and thought of deeply. They did not spend time pondering and reflecting on what they really want and instead set resolutions that came off of the top of their head.

We need to think of resolutions less of a wish but more of a work-in-progress.

Stop wishing, start hustling.

Good Bye 2016, What’s Next?

I don’t know.

To be honest, that was what 2016 was like, full of I-Don’t-Knows.

2016 was wonderful and it was a year where I had learnt so much, made so many wonderful friendships and learnt truly a lot about myself and I guess, attained self-awareness.

2016 was the year I ORD-ed from serving the nation in the Singapore Civil Defence Force,
2016 was the year I became a student of the National University of Singapore,
2016 was the year that I’ve forged unexpected friendships (how I entered Silat without much consideration),
2016 was the year I opened myself up to many new things (joining two ad-hocs without much consideration),
2016 was the year I lived my dream of being a college student,
2016 was the year I started to put more focus into my writing,
2016 was the year I became obsessed with Casey Neistat and his art of vlogging,
2016 was the year I truly strived to be a better person,
2016 was the year that I squatted heavy (52.5KG per side),
Most importantly, 2016 was the year I hustled.

There are many things I’ve failed to achieve in 2016 but there are also many things that I achieved. There were also many detours and unexpected things that happened that made my 2016 so much more beautiful.

I’ll be posting up my goals and resolutions for 2017 and also a reflection on how my resolutions for 2016 had turned out to be.

P.S. However, in my opinion, 2016 had been bloody and brutal for the outside world, but 2016 was needed for the world to wake up.

Even though there might be things that we had hoped could have been better in 2016, let’s refresh ourselves and move forward to 2017 with renewed hope and vitality.

Year-End Anxiety

As the year slowly comes to an end, there seemed to be a rush to cherish every single moment of 2016, a rush to ensure that every moment is spent wisely.

For me, ironically, it seemed to be a rush to ensure that I have rested adequately before the new year begins.

I mean, it totally is something expected, seeing that this holiday I was (and still am) busy with projects and whatnot thus, not really getting real, true slacking time.

I mean, I just have this urge to ensure that I am energised and ready to go for the new year but obviously, this anxiety just prevents me from doing just that.

I’m just afraid that when the new year rolls around, I will still be my tired, exhausted 2016 self. That is something I desperately want to avoid. I want my 2017 self to be fresher, more clear-headed, and motivated.

I have several things left to do before 2017, but I’m going to make sure that whatever is left of 2016 is not wasted and that I can start the new year fresh.

Fast? 2016 passed by fast.

I just watched the Youtube Rewind for 2016 and it is at that moment when I realised how fast time passed this year. Not only has 2016 been filled with exciting and wonderful life experiences but it was also filled with a lot of drama, chaos, and disaster.

The speed at which life passed in front of my eyes remind me how we should appreciate Time and how Time will surely come and go, sometimes without us even realising.

As we approach the end of the year, I think it is time for a lot of conscious reflection. I’m sure many things had happened to us this year and thus, we should take the time to consolidate the lessons learnt.

To be honest, 2016 was not a good year but a year that we need because it made us realise that people aren’t what we think they are, that the human society is slowly breaking apart, and it is about time we realise that and fix it.

So, was 2016 a fast year? Definitely but it is a year where a lot of lessons were learnt.