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[Swipe to read my letter to high school Cynthia] It’s been 8 years since I took this photo, and let me say: beige don’t age, asians don’t raisin?! I remember wanting to take this senior composite because I thought the photos were so flawless. Then, I took this photo and remember thinking it was surreal. Now this photo hangs at my parent’s home. I had some friends in 8th grade betray me and gossip about me behind my back. The only way I found out was because another friend told me about it. I did not like the idea of people gossiping about me and knowing negative things that people thought about me. I learned what true friends were. I learned about quality > quantity with friendships. I decided to make high school my opportunity to reinvent myself and have a fresh start. High school served a season of purpose and growth for me in more ways than one. I learned my strengths and weaknesses. I got involved and had opportunities to steward my time, money, and resources. I was able to bless and serve people with my gifts and talents. I also went through a rollercoaster during college application season. I wanted to attend a top university, which I succeeded in, but I remember getting a lot of rejections and facing so much disappointment despite doing everything in my power that I could control. I made the most of my high school experience, for better and for worst, but even if someone didn’t have the same experience as me, I know that the best is yet to come. You do not have to be the most popular person in high school or have the best experience in high school to have a bright future. Your past does not dictate your future. It would not have mattered if I had a great or bad experience in high school because everyone can draw a line in the sand and begin a new chapter. Save this to refer back to later. What did you learn in high school that impacted you down the road?
[Swipe to learn 20 Things I learned in 2020] When I hear of negativity, I always remind myself that “It’s never all, and it’s never every.” Sometimes we get caught up in overgeneralizing. I repeat: “It’s never all, and it’s never every.” That shift in over sensationalizing every single negative thing has been a game changer in my attitude. I think that’s been one of the biggest things I learned in 2020. I learned that my attitude is not a strength of mine, but I can cultivate it to make it a strength. For others having a great attitude is a strength and they don’t have to work as hard as me on this skill. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have other strengths and skills that are natural to me. Along with these 20 things I learned in 2020, there was a lot more. The reality of the situation is, even if my 2020 “sucked,” it would not make me feel better knowing it “sucked.” What would make me feel better is knowing that I have no guarantees of a physical life everyday, and there is so much more to look forward to eternally. I pray that you find the time to realize that 2020 might not be as bad as you originally thought at a first thought. Save to refer to later. How was your 2020?
[Swipe to learn 10 Things I learned in a Decade: 10-2020] In 2010, I was a freshman in high school and I was 14 turning 15. Best believe a lot has changed in a decade since I am 26 and a few years post bachelors graduation. Aside from the crucial milestones, like graduating school, becoming an entrepreneur, getting my first 9-5, there was so many lessons I learned in the past decade. Everyone did this kind of reflection last year since it concluded the decade, but I missed it, so I’ll make my own trend. I know that people do not like making any kind of goals because I do agree that you do not need a miracle or anything special to make you want to make changes in your life. If your goal is to get fit, you do not have to start working out or being mindful of your eating on January 1st. That being said, there is something nice about being reflective of your life, where you were, where you are, and where you want to go. I came across all my previous journals and I found myself going down a rabbit hole of everything I have gone through positively and negatively. There is something beautiful about stepping into the plan that God has for your life. Journaling and Reflection are great for these benefits: -You can document what is on your mind to refer back to. -You can formulate what is on your mind on paper instead of having things bottled up. -When you write things on paper with a pen versus typing things digitally, your brain will remember it more. -Depending on what you choose to share, you will have something to recall from your past. Save to refer back to! Have you taken the time to reflect on this past decade?
You will always have pain in life. Life isn’t fair to anyone and that is what makes it fair. Suffering is the number one tragic fact of life. Everyone suffers. Suffering does not have a moral value in itself. It’s neither good nor evil. Your reaction to suffering is the moral qualifier. You can react to suffering in a way that is good, courageous, edifying, builds you up, and helps you get a great life. @johncmaxwell shares that: There are 2 types of pain in life: 1. The pain of self discipline 2. The pain of regret The pain of self discipline is eased by the reward of daily progress. The pain of regret increases with missed opportunities and age. How has your perspective changed on pain and suffering?