Lessons Learnt!

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa (Metropolis On Park, Sandton)

photography: Phenyo - Worthathovsandwords


Chapter 1. Happy New Year!

"Don't stress so much about settling on a path for 2017. The division of time into years is a human invention, and fact is every moment of every day is another opportunity for resolution and growth. So when the fireworks fly, relax and enjoy the moment. The rest will come to you." - Beau Taplin, 2017

We have finally come to an end of an exciting and adventurous year into a brand new year. I felt so anxious about the new year simply because I do not know what to expect. I think it has to do less about being fearful, about for me it has more to do with the new adventures that are yet to come. For the first time in years, I never felt this anxious. This year I turn 25 years old - wow! Lol but I am excited, expectant and hopeful. I have decided to stop being so controlling over every single aspect of my life and let go, and let God. However, I few resolutions never hurt anyone. Also I thought these resolutions might inspire you into becoming a better person for no-one else but yourself.

Be more open-minded about life: I have always been protective and controlling over how I want things to go and be. I think to an extent that can be a good thing because you always know what you want and are expectant in what to receive but it can always be detrimental to your growth as a person. I want to learn to let go more and let God more. I want to be able to grow more by the influence of those around me.

Be more honest, kind and respectful to myself: This has my biggest lesson yet to learn, this past year. I think a lot of us can relate to this purely because sometimes we can be so harsh on ourselves, putting pressure on ourselves wanting to achieve the best in life yet we tend to forget and appreciate ourselves in the midst of the pressure. The importance of being kind and respectful to ourself has a lot to do with how we treat others. If you do not love yourself, respect yourself, you will find it very hard for you to do the same to others or even expect the same in return. Also, learn to be honest to yourself about how you feel and deal with those emotions that come but remember you don't have to be okay with everything! 

Don't waste time on things that don't matter: Learn to be more selective and fight the battles that are worth fighting and let go of the ones that don't really matter. If you take ten minutes when you're angry before you react you will discover a lot more about the battles worth fighting for and those to let go. Don't waste your time on things that do not grow  

Accept the things you can not change: This is the biggest lesson I have yet to learn. You can not change every single little thing, even after you have tried or expectant that it would change. If you’re not happy in a situation, move yourself from it. I think it’s important to choose which battles to fight, we can’t fight every battle. If you take 10 minutes to think before you react you, you will know which battles are worth fighting and it will give you peace of mind to let go and move on. 

Take time: I am the type of person who invests their heart and soul into the things I love or passionate about. Now, a lot of that means being disappointed or getting your heart broken. Take the time, to get to know something or someone before you invest your emotions or time into. It will save so many disappoints. Whether it has to do with a work commitment, a friendship or love.. take the time.

Share with me some of your resolutions. What are your resolutions?


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