Goodbye 2017 Hello 2018

The last year has been a very eventful year and very stressful. Some of the things I cannot mention here yet, but I will do a blog post about it all when I can. As the phrase goes, “if it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger.” Each experience is opportunity to learn and grow.

I saw a photo at Birkenau and a statement which read “It happened therefore it can happen again” at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and they both really struck a cord with me. Similar incidents of genocide are still going on today while the world watches and again does nothing. I recently watched a documentary about Myanmar and the Rohingya people which is another example of atrocities (see here). I am increasingly becoming disappointed in humanity, everywhere I turn I either see these kinds of atrocities happening to innocent people or I see people being bullied, treated unfairly, judged, a lack of respect for somebody else’s property, greed, people who can’t have empathy or compassion for other human beings, road rage and aggression; this list is endless.

In world where emphasism is put on success and success is measured by possessions, wealth, status and power, humanity seems to have lost its sense of ethics and priorities. Why is not success measured in terms of compassion, kindness, charity and voluntary deeds. I just don’t understand people with immense wealth who never help anyone, who never donate, who never volunteer, they just don’t believe in it. What is a life where you have never helped another person or a stranger or charitable organisation. To live a life and have never have helped anyone or done any good deeds, what a waste of life!

I saw a TED Talk by the actor Shah Rukh Khan (see here) and a few things towards the end really resonated with me, he’s a summary of this last few paragraphs:

A future you needs to love… you can build concrete walls to keep people out or you can use it to break barriers and welcome them in… you can use your faith to make people afraid and terrify them into submission or use it to give courage to people… you can use energy to build nuclear bombs and spread the darkness of destruction or you can use it to spread the joy of light to millions… you can use money to wage wars and put guns in the hands of little children to kill each other or use it to fill their stomachs and help end poverty. It’s become a world which civilisation has tampered to much with. Where is the love and compassion for fellow human beings?

On a more positive note I am learning to be more assertive and confident in all I do and not letting others make me feel guilty for putting myself first. As the saying goes, “that’s the problem with putting others first, you’ve taught them you come second.” I have spent too much of my life in the past putting others before me and being a full time carer which has been full of sacrifices on my part and I am not going to apologise or feel guilty for putting myself first.

I have had some wonderful and fun trips abroad and time with friends and I loved my 2 weeks backpacking and exploring, it was spectacular. I have been blessed to try some truly wonderful products and I thank the PRs and brands which gave me the opportunity to do this.

Hello 2018

The major changes I wanted didn’t happen this year so I am hoping next year will be my year. Only you can change things in your life you are not happy with, you cannot change other people and you sometimes cannot change circumstances, however you can change how you approach and handle situations. I am going to be much more positive going forward and eliminate any negativity surrounding me. I see good things happening in 2018, it’s going to be my year!

For now I want to thank you for all your support this year- I love having you all around and I wish you all a wonderful year ahead!

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