Thursday 17 June 2021
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Adios 2017

The eventful, unpredictable and historic 2017 is coming to an end and we are about to start a new year, 2018. To some the year might have gone by too fast while for some of us it was a drag but oh well it has been 365 days, 12 solid good months.

To some of us December is really more than just substituting the C for a Z and saying “Ke Dezember Boss” to everyone and everything. It’s also more than just holiday vibes, partying and family time. It sets my stage of complacency and retrospect to really just take stock of what the year has been about for me.

It’s really just time to reflect and take a stroll down memory lane. This is mostly the time that inevitably rouses past hurts, pain and on the bright side, amazing times of the year.


During these reflections, one reflects on the achievements and lessons that they learnt in the past year and compare that to the past two years or whatever time frame they can still recollect.

The resounding theme of my 2017 has been a loss. I have lost family members, lost out on opportunities, my unbridled passion for most things and relationships. However, in and among that loss has been the irrevocable fact that new beginnings almost always mean another opportunity to get things right.

I remember at the beginning of the year when the heady sensations of having 12 unchartered months to conquer were almost tangible. I had resolutions I kept to; some of them and I lost out on some of them and yes that’s how life works one doesn’t always get what she wants especially when it’s not destined to happen.

But all in all it has been a year of great lessons and many of these lessons were learnt the hard way while some were learnt under lighthearted circumstances as well as from the experiences of others. All I can say is that the lessons that I drew from this year came in varying degrees of importance.

This is the point where one stands to look how far they have come. You may not have reached the tip off the hill yet but knowing that you only have a few steps to reach the top, you can really just stop for a moment and take a look at how far you have come.

Instead of whining that the year wentby too fast, think of how you want to end the year. How you end the year is totally up to you. What you achieve before the year runs out is dependent on the attitude you have now.

Yes, the year will be ending soon, but your breakthrough is probably around the corner too. Don’t rest now, don’t take the backseat. Don’t even tell yourself “I will sort everything out next year.” Do the groundwork for next year this year, now. Next year might seem like the ideal time to begin but that’s just an excuse. Start now, next year will thank you.

Let me finally wish you all a lovely time with your families and loved ones this Christmas. May this time of the year bring you nothing but joy and love? Enjoy what’s left of 2017 and we shall see each other on the flip side!

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