Making bad experiences your friend
HAPPY 2015 GUYS!!!
I usually start the new year by blogging about my resolutions but that routine is getting boring so I'm changing it up a little. I'm going to blog about one of the biggest lessons I learnt from 2014 and hopefully someone out there will benefit from this.
Everyone knows life isn't perfect and never will be but a lot of us still fear those little (or big) bumps we foresee ahead of us. We dread having to be upset, angry, disappointed or stressed out. They're not pleasant feelings and if not dealt the right way, it can demotivate us for a while.
2014 was an emotional roller coaster for me. All the emotions that one could possibly experience; I felt them all last year. One month it was all great and then another, BOOM, unpleasant news. That routine repeated itself a few times last year and at times, it left me emotionally drained.
One thing I constantly reminded myself though: 'You've to move forward. Keep going.' And in order to keep going, I always had to accept my circumstances, view things from a distance and then come up with the most realistic solution. It was a trial and error process.
With a bit of time, any problems or difficult situations I faced were either minimised or went away completely. That's the best part about life—no matter how tough things are, you can get through it all with the right mindset paired with hard work.
We tend to fear things that forces us out of our comfort zones therefore bad experiences are always associated with something negative. Imagine how different things would be if we consider hardship as something that BENEFITS us?
What if we view difficult experiences as something that changes us for the better? Some experiences can be bad, but it doesn't have to be bad FOR us; they could be something that makes us stronger, wiser and better prepared for similar situations in the future.
Time is fleeting—turn every experience into something that empowers you instead of demotivating you. We can't have the good without the bad so we might as well make use of what we've got.
Perspective is everything. Make everything a learning experience that brings you further in life. You learn a lot about yourself once you've learnt to embrace challenges. You learn your strengths and weaknesses and find creative ways to deal with every difficult situation life throws at you. Not everyone deals with problems the same way so if possible have fun figuring out what works for you.
Feel PROUD every time you've overcome a hurdle in your life. So here's to another year that will hopefully strengthen us all. I for one am praying that it'll be a year of strength and recovery for Malaysians. We had a rough 2014 but as I said before, gotta keep moving on!