It's crazy how things change. How you can change as a person, how your life plans, goals and career choices can change pretty much in an instant. How people that have been quite a big part of your life can just leave, but also how new (and much more amazing obviously) people can enter your life in a heartbeat.
I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason though. Sometimes those reasons take a little longer to make themselves known to us than others, but there'll aways be a reason. There's a pretty well known saying that seems to be making the rounds on social media at the minute, but,
'It'll be okay in the end. And if it's not okay, it isn't the end.'
sums it up just perfectly I think. Things always turn out for the best, and determination and patience will always pay off.
Yesterday, I took a walk around the old Albert docks in Liverpool. I live right next to here but have never really took the time to have a proper wander round the old part of the docks! It struck me just how many different types of people there were, and it got me thinking.. again.
You are going to meet SO many different people in your lifetime. Some are meant to stay with you, others will simply be there for a brief visit. But going back to the point above, I think there will always be a reason. There will always be something that we can learn from others, and that we can take and help ourselves with in the future. Whether it be a life lesson in terms of who you should trust, or something that has helped you to improve yourself, and made you a better person.
On a similar, but quite a different note, however, you should always be yourself.
People change. Fact. And so do you. This time last year, I would have never have dreamed of starting up my own blog, and my thoughts on work and my general outlook on life was completely different. Slowly, this perspective started to change, mainly due to meeting different people since I moved to Liverpool.
There are so many different things that I now want to try and places I'd love to visit! However, I think it's always hard trying to change people's perceptions of you. They say that first impressions are important, and that they can last a lifetime, and this is SO true. The people I've known for a while, most probably still see me as the person I was this time last year. But the people I've met in the last 6 months, know the real me, and I just wish everyone could see this! ( I realise how cheesy that sounds, and I apologise, but it's true!)
Who knew Liverpool has it's own Love Lock Bridge!
My confidence has grown massively, hence enabling me to start writing posts and actually putting them on the internet! My priorities have changed as well. I used to think that work was the be-all and end-all of life. That you weren't successful in life unless you were successful at work. But now, I'm not so sure.
Yes, work is important, and it's important to always do your best, and getting ahead in your career can open so many doors and offer so many opportunities. But, at the end of the day, there are also so many more things in life that can mean you've been successful than work experience and qualifications. Your friends, family, personal achievements, hobbies, over-coming fears and anxiety, and quite simply, are you happy?
When I say, are you happy? I don't mean just for little moments at a time, like when you've had a lovely day with friends, or are watching your favourite movie, in bed, with a cup of tea and some chocolate (yes, this does make me very happy before you ask..), but I mean, genuinely, wholly, and constantly happy. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
No? Nope, me neither.
I got asked the same question yesterday by someone who currently has the same answer. But they're going to do something about it. They're making rather quite a life changing decision to go and be themselves. To start again, open even more doors and give themselves the chance to be happy. It really gave me the motivation to start to change even more things in my own life. To focus on what does make me happy, what I'm passionate about and what I really want to do in life.
So what am I adding to my 2015 To-Do list? I'm choosing to be happy.