What 2017 Taught Me

Cover and Header Photo By:  Elzbieta Kaciuba photography

Cover and Header Photo By: Elzbieta Kaciuba photography

Originally, this post was going to be something like "7 in '17: Seven Lessons That 2017 Taught Me." As I wrote down these seven things, I realized how many of them were repetitive and how many of them intersected.

I realized that one lesson could be taken away from all of this: discipline. 

So what did 2017 teach me? It taught me to be disciplined to feel, think, say and create things that I want in my life.

It taught me to be disciplined while juggling 2 jobs, a radio show, 19 credits during my last semester of college. I had to discipline myself to stick to my beliefs and gut feelings even when others tried to coerce me to think otherwise. I had to be committed to my goals and dreams no matter what got in the way. Even if the thing that got in the way was me.

I learned that being picky isn't always a bad thing and it's okay to be selfish with yourself and who you give your time and energy to. 

I'm a person full of compassion and endurance. I constantly try to work things out and find the silver lining in every situation. But this year I had to learn that sometimes s**t falls apart and the more I try to mend it, the uglier and more unstable it will get. 

I had to learn other methods of dealing with life situations and that took real discipline. I had to do, say, feel and think things that were uncomfortable. 

This year taught me that discipline isn't about being hard on yourself. It's learning when to be super soft and mushy and allowing yourself to feel things in its entirety. Afterward pick yourself up, wipe those tears and get busy.

2017 came in with the same chaos as the wildebeest stampede from the Lion King. But this year, I learned to have enough discipline to grab life by the horns. 

What did you learn this year?

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a (wo)man can control his/her mind he/she can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him/her.
— Buddha