This week has been an exciting one; the first in 2012 where I’ve felt I’m walking on the right track. It’s one of the greatest feelings when the work you’re doing begins to bring you joy and makes you feel proud – even in a small way. In the past I’ve wandered in search of what it is I want to be, who I want to become. When someone asks, “What do you do?”, I want to be able to own my answer with conviction, and be sure of how I define myself. This week I’ve set the goal to dedicate more time to this blog, and in the process develop my sense of self and the person that I want to become. I’ll aim to create at least three posts every day, and of course, like many of my goals I’ve already started to disappoint myself. But this leads onto my second goal: to stop beating myself up when I don’t live up to my own, or others’, expectations. Every day doesn’t have to be perfect. Every idea doesn’t have to be genius. I will accept that these things may only happen every once in a while; at least until I become better at what I do.
As I started researching content for this site I re-stumbled across Steve Jobs’ widely circulated commencement speech to graduates from Stanford University. Many excerpts from his speech can be found all over the Internet, but it’s the following quote that I found to be particularly inspiring:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
My ambition this year will be to start to create the life I want.
Life is short. So, if something is making you unhappy, make 2012 the year you change it. If there are people in your life who don’t inspire you to be the best you can be, let them go, meet new people. Don’t look back on another year without knowing that at the very least, you tried.
Here’s to a year full of happiness, sincerity and love! xx