Wednesday, January 4, 2012
2012, The Year of Transitions
At the beginning of last year, I wrote in my journal that 2011 was going to be the year of exploration; exploration of self, exploration of love, exploration of foreign places, exploration of my limits and exploration of life. As it turns out, I was right in my prediction and 2011 was the year of exploration. I connected with myself and finally liked the person that was there, I was in a good relationship for most of the year, I went to Alaska and Hawaii, I pushed my comfort zone on many different occasions, and I found yoga and became completely immersed in the practice and philosophy as a way to better my life to understand life. After reflecting on the accuracy of this prediction, I wondered what 2012 should be termed as. I thought maybe movement, change or self discovery, but none of those seemed quite right. Then, it hit me. Transitions. 2012 is going to be the year of transitions; transitioning from my home town to new places, transitioning jobs to figure out where I want to be, transitioning away from the college life, and transitioning from plans to taking things as they come. Transitions are sometimes hard. They don't feel important. They feel like they're just a stepping stone to the next monumental segment of life and nothing can be gained from them. In actuality, even though transitions feel insignificant, they are some of the most important times in life. They are the times when we can reflect on the past and set up for the future. Transitions also connect our life's events to create a continuous sequence. Without them, life would be random events with no correlation to each other. It's easy to forget that every event builds upon what we have gained in previous events to create our lives, so it's important to be present in all the parts of it and not just the events we see as "monumental" to live a full life and gain everything that we can from it. Going into this year of transitions, I can expect that it will be difficult, but I don't want it to be a year wasted. I want to learn all that I can from every event, no matter how insignificant it seems at the time and fully embrace everything that is thrown in front of me. Life is too short to write off the transitions.