Everyone has to agree with me that 2016 has been one crazy year. I cannot say it was crazy awesome, but probably just plainly crazy. We were faced with changes that we probably were not expecting at all (such as bizarre Presidents, legends dying, etc.) Nevertheless, the previous year, crazy as it seems, has taught me so much more than what I have expected. I mean I am not even expecting anything grand to happen last year. It's just that there was so much that happened the past year that has made me stop and think and this rarely happens! Anyway, here are some of the things that I learned during the past year:
1. Always try something new
For someone who has her hands filled, I am always afraid to do something new or to venture out into anything that I am unfamiliar with. I am super OC that I prefer sticking to a plan or routine. You could say that I'm such a tita or lola when it comes to trying out new things. And when asked to go out, I would often say that I am too old for that. But I learned that going out actually did me good. I gained new friends and learned when I should trust people because I could be too trusting at times. I learned how to loosen up as compared to my old stuck up self. I realized that it's never wrong to have fun, too, as long as you are not doing something illegal or hurting other people. I learned that it's okay to make mistakes as long as you correct yourself or do not repeat the same thing again. For someone who looks like 21 (sometimes 12), I'll definitely never be too old to try new things out.
2. Never settle
The best advice I probably got last year was from a classmate. I cannot recall how he said it in verbatim but it was like, "You are golden. Always know your worth". With that, I learned how to not settle. Period. Most especially when it comes to relationships. I actually thought I was ready to get into a relationship a few years back but I figured I'll never be ready. I don't see myself with anyone right now or in the near future. I mean it's probably nice to finally date someone, but I'd never compromise my standards. With so much going on with my life, I don't want to be limited with the choices available to me right now. I am pretty sure that just right around the corner there's always something or someone better for me. And if there's none, I am definitely cool with it.
3. You'll never be ready for anything
The best thing that I finally learned/mastered(?) was learning how to go with the flow. I hate it when things don't go my way, but I realized that there will always be things that are beyond my control. Looking back, I find myself funny because I was so stressed out in my academics when I started out in law school. I sometimes still gets stressed out lately, but mostly I see myself as calm and collected. I learned that I perform better that way. It is not that I don't give a damn about everything anymore because I am still extremely concern about how I perform. But I have learned that there are things that we cannot change anymore and there are times when we can never be 100% ready. So I'd rather put on a brave face and try to deal with things one day at a time. I try not to fear things that aren't worth it, and try to put all my energy into things that I could still improve.
During the past years, my focus was on how to improve my blogging and how to stay in school. I guess for 2017, the goal is the reverse, that is, how to get out of school. I might have to relax with blogging as I focus on my academics and life. I drown myself with things to do that I forget to live. It's nice to go out with friends, meet new people, than get stuck in my virtual world. There's so much things waiting for us to discover in the world. But for now, graduation and bar exams it is for me!
Hope this year goes well for you! :)