2017 IS OVER?!
How did that happen? Oh my, time flew by and I was totally not ready for the year to be over and then 2018 just arrived. If anyone asked me what I did in 2017, I don’t think I would have time to finish describing everything that happened within an hour. Here are just some of the things that I have completed/accomplished.
- I got 95/100 for a paper that I wrote.
- I passed my driving test.
- I withdrew from studying at SIM.
- I went for an admission interview and test at NTU (and thought I nailed it).
- I matriculated as an undergraduate at NTU.
- I survived NTU’s sports camp.
- I entered sports club and became a programmer (someone who plans).
- I am part of Surf N Sweat 2018’s organizing committee.
- I finished a semester in school with results that isn’t too shabby.
With that, it feels like I am forever busy.
This year taught me a lot more about prioritising and learning how to reject things that did not appeal to me. Before this, I was a sucker to any requests or favours that my friends would ask of me, just because I thought they would do the same if I had asked them of the same things. GUESS WHAT? Not everyone strives to be kind.
Saying no has always been a struggle for me because it’s just not programmed in me. And that is why I did badly in school – I never refused an offer to go out for a walk, to play a “short” game of ultimate, etc etc. This reduced my time for studying, which in turn caused me to sacrifice sleep, anddd resulted in my horrible vegetable results. Oh well, those ultimate frisbee games were fun though, so I don’t know if I can say that I regret those choices *shrugs*. But in 2017, I started saying no. Multiple times, and I learnt a little trick or two about rejecting people. So, there’s that. What I learnt in 2017 #1 🙂
I also learnt that not everybody who said they will always be there for you, will actually be there for you in times of need. In 2017 it got pretty obvious. Fact is, when people say they will be there for me, I take it for real. Those words always mean the world to me when people say it because it’s like a little promise they’re making with my heart. It’s just regretful that not everyone means it, and not everyone will fulfil it. That’s lesson #2, which I somehow learnt the hard way.
In 2017 a mentor told me it’s all about prioritising. It’s never just about time management. You can manage everything you have in the world but if you do them at the wrong time, it’s still pointless. Prioritising is key, and that’s 2017’s most important lesson #3. To-do lists were always my favourite things to write/plan, but getting down to doing the tasks written on them, is the difficult part. SO, I have learnt that deadlines are absolutely salient to abide by, and that in order to meet them I need to start getting my shit together, which means I need to start prioritising. That was what I did and I think I did pretty well at it!
2018 is a brand new year, but it was one I did not anticipate. Every past year, I would so impatiently wait for the new year to arrive for no reason. This year, I kinda dreaded the arrival of 2018. Now that 2018 has come, I am glad it’s going well so far. Any disaster that occurs in January, I’d attribute it with my fear of 2018’s arrival, for sure. And I don’t want that to happen.
Even though this almost never works out, I was asked what my new year’s resolution was. This year, I will strive to be a better friend and a better person as much as I can, on my own terms. Honestly, my terms are not that difficult to meet, it’s just a few simple principles I’m sure many people keep to. So here’s hoping that I would not violate these terms!
Wrote this ages ago when the year started but i don’t know why i didn’t get to posting it. Here u go, kikym. another year filled with things that you want to remember, but no longer can.