Reinvent Yourself In 2021
I think that reinventing yourself is powerful. The idea, the opportunity that we have with the fresh start of a new year. Just to look at how the year went and see where improvements can be made. Where adjustments can be applied, where we can get back on track.
It’s interesting that how every year I’m at a different place be it mentally and physically. After the year we just had, I feel the desire to go back and do the basics. I want optimism, I want a path forward. To do that I did this. I made a list of items that I want to focus on this year 2021. It’s just three things.
1. Don’t Wait
One of the consequences of having spent so much time in lockdown last year is that many of us have lost the appreciation of the most valuable resource that we have. Our time on this planet. We’re killing time. Waiting for things to pass to go back to normal except we’re not going back to normal. Normal was never normal.
I admit there have been a lot of moments this past year where I was like “Ok, we just need to get through this and things would get better. Playing this waiting game. I don’t want my entire life to be a waiting game. I’m not going to wait for the world to change, to get better on my behalf. I’m not going to wait to try to bring life the things I dream about, to start my projects. If that requires me to find creative solutions for all of that in my apartment then so be it. I’m always trying to remind myself it’s a miracle that I’m alive. It’s extremely improbable that I even exist. And to not take that for granted. I need to value it while I have it.
The first point other than anything is about taking action. Quick productivity tip — If you would like to double your productivity, just get off the social media. It will open your eyes to your media consumption. How much crap we intake daily and none of it matters.
This also ties back into the point of not waiting. When I look back on my life, I’m thinking about “What are the things that I will look back upon and think of mattering?” It’s not going to be TikTok. It’s not going to be Twitter, Facebook or , Whatsapp. I don’t have anything against Tiktok or any social platforms or anyone who enjoys those things. But I’m also not sorry that for me that is a waste of time. They are not in line with the priorities. With the direction, I want to go. With how I want to spend my time.
2. Amor Fati
This is a Latin phrase that means “Love of fate” or “Love of one’s fate”. The way I interpret is essentially is an enthusiastic acceptance of everything that happens to me in life. I want to have the approach that I want in my life. And I am striving to be more thoughtful about it. To value it more.
This feeds into the idea of letting life surprise you. The doors that open, the flexibility that provides in all situations.
My formula for greatness in a human being is Amor Fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary. Still less conceal it — but love it.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
I lost way too much time last year ruminating and obsessing over past mistakes or wishing for things to be different. And all I can say about this is it brought nothing to me in my life other than pain and exhaustion. I don’t need any of those things.
I love this quote from Maya Angelou that I have become obsessed with that feeds into the idea of mine
I’ve always had the feeling that life loves the liver of it. You must live and life will be good to you, give you experiences. They may not all be that pleasant, but nobody promised you a rose garden. But more than likely if you do dare, what you get are the marvelous returns.
Courage is probably the most important of the virtues because without courage you cannot practice any of the other virtues, you can’t say against a murderous society, I oppose your murdering. You got to have the courage to do so. — Maya Angelou
At the end of the day, there is a lot of bullshit out there, a lot of messed up stuff. More than enough to cringe around. A lot of change is happening and that is scary and uncomfortable. But I am not able to let any of those things rob me of my love of life.
3. Pay Closer Attention
One of the great perspectives I felt last year is the pull of distractions. And external stimuli that exist out there. Getting pulled away by the tidal wave of social media and podcasts and videos and articles. None of these things are bad in themselves. It’s the quantity, the constant bombardment. It’s the overload that is awful.
I want to pay closer attention to my life. Take more pauses and reflect more often. To reduce multitasking. Anything of real value takes time.
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