Tonight will not only only be the end of a hard year, but the end of a great year where I feel I have achieved a lot of goals.
You can listen to this beautiful new song by the Green Children (Can You Find Your Way) while reading this post: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1E3129B7BAA70A09&feature=plcp
Overall, 2011 has been extremely positive for me, and I hope it has been the same for you. I will not go on and on about individual goals achieved, because the main one is that I have realised how lucky I am to be who I am, to have the life I have and to be in the position I am right now. I think I can say that my goal for next year is to continue feeling like this: satisfied with myself. While setting future goals definitely helps get through hard times and is a strong encouragement to progress and improve one-self, I think that the most important thing is to be happy now. Don’t postpone the enjoyment of your life until you reach a further goal or until you have completed something. Enjoy every minute of it.
Even while home for the past two weeks, while dreading the following weeks of tough exams at Law School, I decided I would enjoy my time back home to go skiing in the sun, to spend quality time with my family. No matter how much work I had, I set it aside to do what I really wanted to do each day. It was important for me, because, afterall, I am not going to see my family again for a few months and I am not going to ski again this year (probably).
Obviously this applies to people who, like me, have a tendency to over-work or be over-critical about themselves and aim to reach constantly higher and higher goals. While this can be good from a professional or academic point of view, in the long-run, it harms one’s own balance and happiness. So I have learnt to enjoy every minute of my life now. I don’t always succeed and I often forget to do this, but I aim to try harder because what’s the point in not enjoying life as it happens??
So, right now, I am looking back at the pictures from the past weeks of skiing and mountains and thinking about how special this Winter has been for me, no matter how well I will do in my next exams and job applications.
Here are some of my favourite pictures of this magical 2011 winter:
I wish you a very happy new year.
I wish you to feel satisfied and positive about the year that’s coming to an end.
I hope you can start this new year, 2012, with a positive attitude to make yourself and people around you happy.
Finally, as a Jewish saying I was recently told recites: If the new year will not be great, do not worry, because the following one will surely be!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Special thoughts to people who are sick and I wish them to get well very soon.