This Year

Temporary (adj) /ˈtempəˌrerē/ : lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent

If this year has taught me anything, it is this: There are a lot of things in life that are temporary. This fact is unarguable and is not limited to the unpleasant moments that we experience but also to those moments that leave us breathless – craving more. And, you know what? It’s fine, it will be okay.

Our daily routines, our motivation.
Our jobs, our education.
Out education, our exercise.
Relationships, people.

Everything that we have come accustomed to, everything that we have come to take for granted, everything that we thought would last forever – all of it can be summed up as this: a fleeting moment inside the bigger picture.

This year has taught me that we are all going at different speeds. Some of us move slowly with the sloths and turtles; taking our time as we meander through this life, unsure if we are taking in the beauty or just too scared of the changes that are taking place. Others run with the cheetahs or soar with the peregrine falcons moving swiftly, gracefully finding their next move to progress through whatever it is they are going through.

This year has taught me that we are all so busy – often with our jobs or education, forgetting the little things in life. We get so caught up in the routine of paying the bills or using education as an excuse to better ourselves (or to party the funds away). We ignore the things that matter like compassion, love, forgiveness. We forget what it takes to actually be a human by being so dialed in on believing that change is taking place and labelling it as growth.

Think about it for a minute

It took the entire world basically imploding on itself for us to slow down – to pause, to breathe, to reflect. It took so much negativity for us to truly open our eyes and see what is really wrong with this world – and even then, did we even learn anything? Because, here we are, still making up so many excuses to not think about the actual wrong that is taking place.

So, what is the real problem? We are. We are what’s wrong with this planet.

What am I going to do about it?

I am going to be a better human because the grandest lesson I have learned this year is this: A single person, one person in a group of billions, can quite literally change the world. But what they do with their ability to change the world is completely up to them.

And that might be the scariest or most wonderful thing this world could witness.

What are you going to do about it?


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