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I know it’s a bit “late” to write and post this in February, but hey, everyday is a chance to start again!
So in the last year or so, the phrase “living my best life” has floated around, especially on social media. I for one can say that I’m not too fond of the phrase. In fact, I don’t actually like using it and it’s other people that tell me that I’m “living my best life”, often after seeing some sort of social media content I’ve posted. The reason why I’ve not warmed up to the phrase is because it’s usually used as a follow-up to some sort of content highlighting the best bits of your life. Don’t get me wrong, I too, post the better parts of my life, BUT I find that it feeds into the illusion that people are enjoying life 24/7, that life is all roses and fun. In reality, this is not the case. It would be boring to share a post of me paying rent or struggling with my groceries but I just find that people assuming that I’m having the best time of my life all the time a bit hyperbolic.
I’ve been enjoying my summer holidays since 6th November. It’s February now and my semester doesn’t start until the last week of February. In all this time, I’ve only spent four nights away on holiday, four days at a dance camp, four days at a leadership programme and spent times with friends or done some dance training here and there. Majority of the time I’ve spent chilling at home, talking to my friends back home, done a bit of christmas work but mostly sleeping! These are the parts I haven’t documented but people assume that I’m living my best life based on the four days I was up at Queensland etc. Being in Australia has bought so much more hardships than it has done “enjoyment” so that’s why I don’t like using the term since I know my daily struggles. Yet, that is overlooked because it looks like I’m “living my best life”. Anywho, I do believe we can make the most out of life, including the downsides and that’s by striving for better!
This year I have a couple goals I’m working towards:
- Work on my dance foundations
- Improving my photography and videography editing skills
- Read at least one book a month
- Practise and learn more French
- Put myself in uncomfortable situations
I do have more goals but my point is, that I find having goals or something to add value/better yourself is “living your best life” because you’re maximising your abilities and skills to become a better self. I’m all for personal development and that’s why within and outside educational institutions, I’m always striving to learn something new, whether that be through conversations, seminars, youtube or online courses. I always think of the parable of talents (Matthew 25:14-30/Luke 19:12-27) which highlights the significance of utilising and investing in the abilities and skills within you in order to multiply the benefits. Even if I’m to learn something random that is not related to my career, education or primary hobbies, there’s always a lesson in everything, whether it be patience or resilience.
So I’m not going to tell you to book a holiday, smoke a couple zoots or anything in that nature in order to live your best 2018. But I will say, how are you going to make you better than you were in 2017? How are you going to make sure by 31st December 2018, you are your best version of your self?
I hope that’s some healthy food for thought!
Hope you have a productive week (bettering yourself)