2012 in a nutshell

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Needless to say, 2012 has been a truly remarkable, memorable year.

And I am not talking about the gooey mushy type where everything seems to go well. The best memories, in fact, come from those instances where everything seems to fail.

The best feeling is when you overcome obstacles feeling stronger, wiser and better than ever. Thus, for the sake of documentation, I have compiled the ten top moments in my life for this year. Hopefully, by typing this down, I can get back to how this year has been for me and reinforce the lessons I learned when all hope seems to fail in the future.

  • Take the risk and take the fall. If it’s what you want then it’s worth it all. This is probably the most fitting lesson I’ve learned for the year. Desire should always overrule doubt in anything. A road may be hard but like all roads, it bridges a person to their certain desired destination; thus, it must be traveled at all costs in order to arrive at that place where the person’s satisfaction lies.
  • Nobody could believe in yourself better than you. True, people around you would compose your support system; however, all this is negated when you yourself have no faith in making the right decisions. Never second guess yourself; in the end only you would know what you need and only you could know what is right for your life.
  • Never listen to anyone besides yourself. It is normal for the people you care for to dissuade you to pursue some path you’re on. This is understandable, as they only want what is best for you and thus try to impose the “right” path as they see it. However, only YOU are in charge with your life and no one else. Never do something that is contrary to what you believe in and never let anyone undermine your capabilities and beliefs. The biggest regrets answer to the question “what could have happened” and in the long run, you might end up regretting and hating on the people you love for pulling you down.
  • You gotta dream and dream big. Life has no limits. Nothing is impossible. Sounds far fetched? Not really. Life has this funny way of providing opportunities for people who believe that anything is impossible. Decades ago society never thought people physically apart from each other could see each other face to face. Now, there’s video chat.
  • The most successful people have no back up plans. This was something I read ages ago in an article titled “What Successful People Do To Succeed.” Sure, it’s practical to always have a back up plan. However, successful people who dreamed big are never practical. (Heck, they most probably dreamed the impossible!) When you know that you do not have a fallback, you would work thrice as hard so that even if you fall short, there’s at least a 33% chance that you would meet whatever output you’re dreaming of.
  • Always give it your all. Never give only what you have. Contribute more! Always find ways to acquire the resources you need (legally of course). It is always more rewarding to see your success after you have worked hard for it.
  • Trust in God (or whatever entity you believe in). Supernatural assistance is always a big help. It keeps you sane when the stress and chaos becomes too much.
  • Cherish the people you care about as if it’s the end of the world any time soon. They are your biggest supporters and would help carry your weight when the burden becomes too much. It never hurts to have extra helping hands (and having people you can share your success with is a big bonus too)!
  • Always keep a smile in your face and stay optimistic ALWAYS. Attitude is a big factor in success and to stay positive helps (bigtime) in lessening the burden. Besides, a smile is the best accessory any girl (and even guys!) could wear.
  • Last but not the least: HAVE FUN AND BE SPONTANEOUS! The best things come for free, and the best source of this is… dun dun dun! … the ADRENALINE RUSH! The excitement of experiencing something new is definitely worthwhile and the best trips are those that are not planned. Loosen up and try to lose that strict schedule of yours, it only adds unnecessary wrinkles to your face. Live young and live well!

Cheers to the new year! Thank you 2012, hello 2013!

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