54 minutes to 2016 and I thought I’d quickly pen down some thoughts about what the year has brought me and how to look ahead.
2015 was a big year. There were a lot of revelations and many, many learnings. I’ve never ever been able to look back on resolutions with full confidence of saying that I’d achieved every single one, but this year I did. I took a huge leap of faith and quit my job to recalibrate and re-evaluate for four months, I centred myself and sorted out my health, I rode as often as I could (trying to be thankful each and every time I got on the saddle), tried to be a bit more present for people I love and above all, I found a way to be a better mother to my children. It sure as hell was a journey. And I must say I’ve learnt a few things along the way.
WHAT I’VE LEARNT IN 2015
One. You can’t control everything. If there’s one thing that’s really stuck out for me is that as much as I can try and be better at everything each and every day, I can’t change it all. And there’s little point in going against the grain and killing myself to make the world a perfect place to live in. I’ve literally learnt to accept the things I cannot change, and I now understand the prayer of serenity and what it means.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Two. You can only work on you. Cheeseball as it sounds, I want to be able to say that I’m a better person this year. Can I? I don’t know if I’ll ever have that answer. But as a second part to the first thing I’ve learnt, it helps when you can’t control things in life to just focus on what you can do – and that is to just look at yourself and what you can be doing better.
Three. More out of life is a motto that is forever. It all started with me wanting to get more out of life via my time on the bike. But as the years move on – yes, it has been two years since I’ve wanted to get more out of life! – this has started to mean more to me. As I get older, I realise I need to work on my health and overall strength. Otherwise, every session is a mental struggle, my body isn’t responding to what my mind wants it to do and I can’t get that much out of my bike anyway! I still need to work on not giving myself such a hard time about it… But yeah, it’s a hashtag that keeps on giving so bring on #moreoutoflife2016!
MY RESOLUTIONS FOR 2016
It sure is nice making resolutions you can keep. So here goes…
Palms to the floor
I’m tired of being a creaky ol’ mess who’s constantly in need of a good massage to fix me. There are certainly tonnes of health benefits around stretching so by the end of 2016, I want to be able to touch the floor with my hands/palms. Let’s see if I can do it!
Less screen time before bed
A terrible habit that probably results in terrible sleep. I started doing Headspace in 2015, let’s see if I can cultivate another good habit for my overall wellness in 2016. Better sleep!
Be a camel
Do you drink enough water? I’m pretty sure I don’t drink as much as I should. So here’s another easy one that I want to stick to. Surely I should be able to zen the muther out with all the above…
Just because I don’t talk about it doesn’t mean it is not the most important thing in the world to me. I’ve noticed over the years that I’ve taken less and less photos of us as everything has revolved around the kids. This year, we really spent time with each other and tried to work on us. I want to remind myself constantly that this is so important.
Turn to the Big Guy above
When in doubt, ask for wisdom. This is all.
Happy New Year everyone. May 2016 be good to you and your’s.