What Life Has Taught Me So Far in 2015

Once upon a time when I was an adolescent, I was under the vague impression that there would come a time when I’d have it pretty much figured out.  You ever think that when you were younger?  You feel like there’s got to be a time in life when you’ve got the answers to your most important questions and you’ve reached a sort of life groove?

Yeah, hasn’t happened yet and I’ve since come to the conclusion that it never will.  Life isn’t meant to be fully understood because it’s constantly changing.  While sometimes this is quite frustrating, overall, I’m glad that this is the case.  As the first quarter of the 2015 comes to a close, I think about the things I’ve learned in the past three months.  I’ve come to terms with a thing or two about my life and what I want it to be and what I don’t ever want it to be.  These are lessons that I want to carry with me through the rest of the year  my life.  They’re not new concepts by any means but I’ve consciously tucked them away into my adulthood for safekeeping.  Sometimes, you have to learn a thing more than once before it sticks.  As I embark on this new blogging chapter, here’s what I’ve got so far.

2015 Has Taught Me

You should never, ever, ever stop chasing what you feel called to do.

If there is something that your very being longs to do, something you feel God has placed a passion in your heart for, chase it.  Chase it with everything you’ve got.  God put each one of us here for a reason. Period.

I’ve learned that as long as your life purpose is to glorify God in all you do and seek after His heart, He’ll show you for what purpose your passions and talents were given to you.  Don’t ever lose sight of that. Ever.

There are too many things to explore in this life to be satisfied with the mundane.

This is something I struggle with because there are Mondays and gloomy skies and lethargic mornings where all I want to do is stay under the covers for just 15 more minutes, please.  I don’t want to drag my feet; I want to hit the ground running.  And even though there are a lot of awful things going on in this world – some of it we see and much more that we’ll never know of this side of heaven – Earth is still in the hands of her Creator and He’s still in control.  There are so many things to learn and explore and try and create and think about and discover and pursue.

I’ve learned that life is much too short and too precious not to embrace with your whole entire heart and if you don’t make a conscious effort everyday to not be satisfied with normal and mundane, life will pass you by and you’ll wake up one day wondering what happened!  I’ve learned that as challenging as embracing life fully can sometimes be, I know what the results would look like if I just treat every moment as an opportunity to learn, give, and move forward.

Chances, risks, & mistakes shouldn’t paralyze you.

I’m not a risk taker.  Most of the time, I like staying within visible parameters.  If there is a chance that I’m going to fail, I’d rather stick to where I’m comfortable.  What I’ve come to terms with seriously for the first time in my short life is the fact that IT’S OKAY TO TAKE CHANCES!!!  It’s okay to jump without a safety net sometimes.  It’s okay to make a mistake.  It’s okay to get your hands dirty, to speak when you don’t exactly know what to say, to walk through a door when you have no idea where it’ll lead to.  Take a deep breath and give it a shot.

I’ve learned that I need to chill out and let myself take a chance every now and again.

You don’t have to have it all figured out right now. Just keep moving forward with what you do know. 

This is just a continuation of the last one.  I like having everything lined up in front of me.  Perhaps this is why I’m particular about the books in my bookcases and why I color code the hangers in my closet.  Perhaps this is also why I have a hard time when it comes to making something work from a mess.  I like to have certain things just so before I dive in and tackle a project or task. However, there are times when it is chaotic and you just have to run with it.  There are times when you have to step forward even when all the bullet points are not there.  There are times when there isn’t a map and you have to figure it out as you go along.  While I’ve proven myself capable of this in some areas, there are other areas where I can’t seem to get it together.

I’ve learned that it’s okay to not know exactly what you’re doing yet.  Forward motion of any kind is much better than standing still and just waiting for the right conditions.  Granted, sometimes waiting is prudent – God sometimes asks us to wait – but sometimes you can’t afford to wait for ‘right conditions’, you have to do something in the interim.

Just because it didn’t work out, doesn’t mean you failed.

This is the hardest one for me to be okay with.  I’ve failed so many times at this blogging thing.  I’ve started so many projects that didn’t sail or didn’t work the way I wanted them to.  And yeah, I know that it took Edison a zillion tries before he got the lightbulb to work right and I know that L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables was rejected numerous times before it was finally published but there are days when failure and the fear of failure have been overwhelming and I feel like stuff isn’t worth pursuing anymore.  I mean, wouldn’t it be better to just content myself with those things that will ensure as much stability as one can have in this life?  Why try again at something that you’ve proven you’re not good at?

I’ve learned that Edison was right when he said that his failures were only the ways in which the lightbulb would not work which brought him that much closer to figuring out how it would work.  I’ve learned that trying again and again and again is part of the growing process.  Anything worthwhile takes hard work – sometimes that means picking yourself up where you failed and starting over again.

As you can tell, there’s an underlying theme of fearlessness and perseverance and embracing life.  That’s because these are things I failed to focus on last year.  Yes, I worked hard at my day job and school but I didn’t push as hard for excellence as I definitely could have.  This year, I’m determined to change that.  Three months into the year and I feel so much better about life than I did last year at this time.  I don’t have everything figured out but that’s fine.  It’s a work in progress!

What has 2015 taught you so far?

Stay blessed 🙂