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2018: The Life Lessons I Learned So Far

9:26 AMKene Kingsley




At the end of every year, it had become a learned tradition to have an introspection on how the year was for me; and to share values that I had the opportunity to learn out of my life journey. 

Having been one valuable aspect of my blog that I had consistently kept running, I've come to understand that every lesson had been like a beacon to create a form of direction to my choices and decisions in the coming year. You can recall I shared this in 2016, and 2017 respectively, and these have been very valuable to my life journey in 2018. 

The question is: How was my 2018.?

2018 was quite the year for me. I feel like I spent a greater part of the year in a constant cycle: Work. Work.. Work..., and the sad part of this reality is that it killed a lot of my creativity because work took a whole lot of my time. It was so difficult to actually sit down and create. 
I happened to finish my internship program that took me away from the blogging scene for a long time, and afterwards I had to write the Post- Internship Exam for Pharmacists (PEP).
WHICH I PASSED.!!!

Look who's a certified Pharmacist now... yeah, ME.! 

 In the course of the year, I happened to go for my NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) camp experience, at Edo State... and for some reasons, I had to run away get back to Lagos as soon as possible . 

With all these, I felt like I hadn't achieved anything significant this year, but the truth is that I'm a firm believer of the fact that its never how far you've gone in a journey, but how well you covered the distance . 
I'd go right ahead and share the valuable lessons that I learned in the year.

1. ADULTING IS A HARD BUT BEAUTIFUL PROCESS


You know when it is said that being an adult isn't easy... that is the gospel truth. I'm not saying this because I'm experiencing this for the first time, but then at the later part of this year, having had to deal with relocation and all, I happened to be jobless for the first time in my life, and it was just pure hell; especially when you've got rent to pay, expenses to deal with, and decisions to make. I made a whole lot of crazy mistakes this year, and I took my L's peacefully, and learned to move on and live nonetheless. 
The beautiful part of all this scenario is that it actually builds you up in all aspects; you get to learn to live with plenty, and at the same time understand that life definitely has to go on, even when all you've got for that day is a cup of coffee, a crumpled 200 naira in your pocket and a smile that looks like you own a million naira in your account. 

2.  UNDERSTANDING THIS THING CALLED "SELF-CARE" 


In my previous years, I had several bouts of depression, and was basically drained mentally. The sad part of this situation is that often times than not, this lethargy can affect your health negatively; without you recognizing that you're losing out of major life's realities and happiness. At a time, I had to learn how to important it was to take care of my mental health. Self-care is saying,'You know what.? I've done the best of my capacity, and if things aren't adding up, I need to sit back, calm down, REST, and see things from a more relaxed perspective.' Self-care is constantly reminding yourself that there are certain situations in life that you particularly can't control the outcome, therefore it is important to always let go. 

Let go of issues and situations that doesn't sit well with your spirit.
Let go of things that you cannot control. 
Let go of anything that steals your piece of mind. 


3. YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH; NEVER DOUBT YOURSELF


This year has taught me in more ways than one the downside of doubting oneself, and one's capacities. The truth is, sometimes our mind plays some sort of crazy trick on us; making some things look impossible to achieve, but all that limitation is just in your head. If someone told me that this year, I would effectively juggle a Pharmacy career, handle social media management, improve my photography skill and my ability to create content that they all yielded a source of income for me... I'd probably laugh it off as some stunt you only see on Mission Impossible movies, but then these things are actually possible if you can convince yourself that you are good enough, and you have the ability to achieve whatever you set your mind to do.

If you can think it. If you can believe it, you can be whatever it is.

4. CREATE MORE. VISUALIZE MORE

In the course of improving my reading this year, I got a book... Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. (I'd suggest that everyone reads the book if they can). This book was one of those self-help books that brought me to a whole new view about visualizing things creatively, and bringing this visions to life by speaking about it, writing about it, and speaking it into existence. 

It may seem like its some sort of wish-washy scenario, but if you actually take time to think about it.. every idea that has been born was a product of creative visualization, and bringing these visions to life. 

(Oh, by the way, I successfully read about 21 books this year. From 14-16 books a year to a whooping 21). You can check my Instagram Highlights (Musings) for the books.

 In all, I've learned to live happy, stress-free, and believe that 2019 would be a much more amazing year for me and you guys likewise. 


I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone that stuck around despite my inconsistency on the blog. I believe that the coming year would be a much more amazing one for every one of us. 

How was your 2018.? 
What life lessons did you learn in 2018.?
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Do share with me how your 2018 went.. and what you learned in 2018..



Thank You,and Have a Great 2019 ahead of you. 

Merci.,
Kene' Kingsley. 

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  1. Cheers to a more and amazing 2019, Kene. Glad you had a beautiful year. In 2018, I learnt to be more grateful, confident, and open to take up new challenges.

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  2. In 2018, I learnt to Stop looking for other peoples validation or approval in all aspect of my life

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  3. Congratulations on becoming a certified pharamcist, that's amazing! Love the lessons you outlined, particularly the one on not doubting yourself. It's so easy to get inside your own head too much and that can be paralyzing. Wishing you an awesome 2019! xx
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  4. Great post. I just discovered your blog . 2018 was filled with lots of lesson but the most striking one for me was change. I could be anyone I want to be and I love being me

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