Everyone needs a check-in.
While I love Instagram because it encourages me to appreciate the moment, it’s important to have regular check-ins for the bigger picture.We can’t always wait for the New Year, Christmas or our birthday to reflect on the year that was, or the year that’s to come.
My check-in is blogging/ writing. While I don’t write as regularly anymore, another good exercise is posting a collective set of photos on a monthly basis. It gets harder to remember what you did last week, what more last month because life goes by so quickly now. So posting a monthly photo album is a good montage to see your life at a distance and realise how much you’ve lived and learned.
September was a big month.
I just finished uploading my photos of September on Facebook. Posting those photos are proof of how crazy it was. From my best friend finally visiting me in Singapore to participating in my first major gangbang of a pitch while simultaneously launching my first ever campaign by myself and a major campaign for one of our biggest clients.
I hit some important personal and career milestones this month. But September was a big month because it wasn’t easy, and I learned a lot.
I always thought maturity was a product of time, when the ‘mistakes’ don’t feel as fresh and there’s enough distance to not be attached and laugh about it in retrospect. But I think part of growing up is learning how to experience and process your emotions simultaneously in a healthy manner. We don’t always have the luxury of time to react. Sometimes we need to make decisions on things that immediately demand our attention to the best of our judgement and ability at the moment. Clients calling. Stakeholders to manage. Deadlines looming. Expectations to meet. Reality.
September wasn’t easy but here are some key things that kept me going until I could hit those milestones. Some things I realised on my own. Some I owe to my sister, Ed and close friends. I’m glad that September is over. Looking forward to a new month.
1. Live. Learn. And Let go.
2. Me: *Rant* I think I’m getting disillusioned at how the world really works. How people really are.
Ed: That’s not disillusionment. That’s enlightenment. #PositiveThinking
3. Ate Pia: The most successful people work hard and have good judgement.
4. It’s pointless to dread or run away from something. Time will always pass and you have to address that battle sooner or later.
5. Rajiv: My rule of thumb is that it’s okay to make mistakes. Just don’t do it again.
6. “Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will you have crossed the mountain.”
7. People may argue and disagree but in those moments remind yourself that we’re all trying to achieve the same thing.