My Retrospective on 2017

We’ve arrived at the end of 2017 everybody! Good to see that you made it with me!

It’s a few days post-Christmas and I’ve scrounged together enough time to type up a few words on my retrospective of this year past. Like last year, I don’t plan on making this your traditional ‘top ten’ list or anything of the sort. Instead, I just want to take the time to simply catch my breath and relay my thoughts. My review of my year.

I took the time to go back and read my post on my 2016 year and I almost chuckled. I can’t believe that I’ve been doing this for the last year and a half. It really doesn’t feel that long ago that I asked myself, “Do I want to start regularly blogging again?” More importantly, I asked myself if I was motivated enough to do something like this consistently? Like last year, I faltered at times with coming up with ideas to keep populating the blog. I also struggled certain days with getting something out on time due to personal and professional responsibilities.

The energy within us and the amount we have really is limited on a daily basis. 2017 provided me with an ample amount of situations and experiences that forced me to ask myself “Is this really worth my blood, sweat, and tears?” I think without sitting down and assessing our day-to-day lives, we really take for granted the amount of time we waste on things that don’t matter in the long run. What are you passionate about? Why do you get up in the morning? If you had an extra thirty minutes during the day what would you do with it?

Those type of questions lingered in my head during the year; and through asking others and then myself, I realized that we truly make time for the things and people in our life that matter the most. It really is cliché but everyone on this planet wakes up with the same twenty-four hours to utilize. With varying levels of resources and responsibilities, of course. A parent with two kids and a spouse shouldn’t skip out on their duties to accomplish a dream that a millionaire can possibly squeeze out due to an assistant managing their time. Everyone has different things going on.

What I’m saying is that we all have to draw the proverbial line in the sand on when we’re going to stop squandering empty time that IS available during our day:

  • That ten minutes you have at night before going to bed and using it to write notes on that project you want to start?
  • Pushing back an hour on the time you would’ve spent with your friends at the bar to blow off steam and using that to practice that musical instrument you wanted to learn? You can meet up with them a little later in the night.
  • Using that extra thirty minutes of quiet in the morning to practice drawing before everyone else in the house wakes up?
  • What about the time you use during your lunch break to scroll down your timeline? Maybe pull out your pad and work on that short story?

My point is that if we really think hard enough, we can find the time for our hobbies and passions; and that was something that I had to come to terms with. I was making excuses on not writing my novel. Padding my schedule to explain to myself why I couldn’t write that short story. I gave myself an ‘out’ on not writing at least a paragraph for a blog post when I came home tired and downtrodden; and it’s not like life happens sometimes. We’re not unfeeling robots. But I also think we have to be our most intense critic and hold ourselves accountable for our BS. This type of thinking in the first half of the year really pushed me to make some real progress in the second half.

2017 has been a year of honest critique of myself and where I need to improve. It was a year of me fighting an impending cloud of ‘funk’ that left me without motivation to go to work at times, which bled over into not being productive in my personal life. It was a celebration of targeting my passions and not being afraid to grab hold of old goals and accomplish them. It was also recognizing that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself and realize that I do more than I give myself credit for (144 books read!). Most importantly, it was about giving myself permission to rest and recharge my batteries. Even the most driven individuals need to disconnect at times.

I loved my 2017. The good, bad, and ugly, helped shape me. I await 2018 with open arms. Let’s cross it together.

Until next time (January 2018).

Author: Mr. Nifty

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