Hello, I’m Alive! (and ten lessons learned)

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It’s 2017 and feels like I got the memo when everyone’s already having a good time. For the first time since I started this blog I didn’t write a New Year post. I’ll tell you why, alongside the beautiful things that happened in 2016.

  1. My spiritual life became richer. I’ve always been an always-have-your-feet-on-the-ground kind of girl. If something does not make sense, the chance of trying them out is slim to none. In 2016, I learned that faith isn’t very logical all the time and the lack of sense does not make it an impossible feat.
  2. Forgiveness came easier. Ever felt like you lack the capacity to forgive someone who hurt you? I felt that way for a long time. I was hurt in 2015 and wondered how I would survive the year with all the anger and grief. Then I learned forgiveness isn’t a feeling; it’s something you do and then do again every single day after. It wasn’t my love I had to give; it was my consent to hand over the offender to the author of love. Life became easier after that.
  3. Studying made me almost mad. I’d say literally mad but that wouldn’t be true. I did feel almost mad though trying to pay attention to other things aside the pile of books staring me in the face every day, lecturers reminding me to read at least two hours daily and colleagues oppressing me with all their knowledge. But I realised with constant practice and discipline, everything becomes a tad bearable.
  4. We got stuck in a recession and Trump blew the world away. Typing this made me chuckle. Imagine waking up every day to the new fall in the value of your currency, going to the market to learn your favourite brands have doubled in price, searching for alternatives and hating them, dealing with the fear of unemployment and a pay cut, and knowing Trump is the president of America. Conditions will always change and everything bends to accommodate it.
  5. Ideas! That’s what happens when you know things may never be the same again. I spent a lot of time thinking of alternatives, which led me to considering the things I love most in the world, which further led me to research and now I’m a step closer where I want to be in 2017. Change can be a good motivator to realign priorities if it does not paralyze you.
  6. Learning to let go. Not everyone is meant to remain in your life. I heard that once and never gave it another thought until I had to let go of someone special to me. It was not an easy decision, but it had to be done. How did I feel afterwards? Terrible. But terrible is only a feeling and feelings change.
  7. Life hangs precariously on a very thin thread. And could be gone in a puff! I mourned the loss of a blog pal (you’ve probably seen Archaeopteryx here). But his demise made me think about life a little more deeply. Death comes for all like a long-lost friend; we can either embrace him with joy or regret.
  8. The past never goes away. I dream of him knocking at the door. Sometimes I look out the window and he’s there, bidding me to come out. But I don’t; I don’t invite him in nor do I go out to say hello. The past never really goes away; he’s there in our subconscious, but no one says you have to give him audience.
  9. Set manageable goals and keep them in sight. Goal setting have been a tradition for many. Some never see past February, and others can quite simply be termed ‘rolling plans’. I’m not sure why some goals never see the light of day, but studies suggest the reason for failure may be tied to our sharing. The logic is the brain feels gratified when goals are shared with others, hence reducing the likelihood of accomplishment. Mine has never tanked like that, but then I’m not a goal-sharer until I hit the mark. Perhaps it’s time to try a new approach (?) Write it down, keep it in sight, ask for help, but otherwise keep it to yourself.
  10. Victory! Comes sweeter to those who labour the most. I don’t know if I heard that somewhere or if it’s original. A week ago my final results were released and I’m happy to say this girl is an official holder of a professional certification. I had to let go of things I loved (like this blog) to get here, but I’m glad it was worth it. Although the journey may seem long and weary, the joy when it’s over will exceed every effort put into the task.

I like to begin each year with a general theme. In 2015 it was hope; 2016 was a time to tear down and reconstruct yesterday.  This year I’m trying out things that scare the crap out of me. I know it will probably feel stupid sometimes, but like an advice I read on another blog said, “if you wake up one morning and feel unhappy with where you are, have the courage to do whatever is necessary to make a change in your life.”

So here is to taking bold steps.

Happy New Year

 

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16 thoughts on “Hello, I’m Alive! (and ten lessons learned)

  1. Nedoux March 28, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Well done Uju! I’m glad your efforts were rewarded with the professional certification.

    Re: Forgiveness @ “It wasn’t my love I had to give; it was my consent to hand over the offender to the author of love” This really opened my eyes to a fresh and liberating perspective.

    Best wishes for 2017. 🙂

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  2. e470 February 16, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    This statement is my take home: This year I’m trying out things that scare the crap out of me. I know it will probably feel stupid sometimes, but like an advice I read on another blog said, “if you wake up one morning and feel unhappy with where you are, have the courage to do whatever is necessary to make a change in your life.”

    I need to make that change! Thank you.

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    • uju March 15, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      You’re welcome, David 🙂

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  3. Ifunanya January 28, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    “going to the market to learn your favourite brands have doubled in price, searching for alternatives and hating them” This was me almost everyday of the half of last year & even now too. Life happens and we have to adjust! Happy new year!

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    • uju January 31, 2017 / 10:49 am

      😀 Isn’t it half the Nigerian populace now? lol. Here’s to a better year than we left behind and ideas to change things 🙂

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  4. Holistic Wayfarer January 27, 2017 / 3:33 am

    Look at you, so wise. I love many things here, your journey with forgiveness (SO hard), your search for alternatives. “Not everyone is meant to remain in your life.” A painful lesson for me last yr but one I have come to terms with. I like how you put it. Congratulations on the certif – and I’m proud of you for forgoing pleasures like blogging for it. You go, girl.

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    • uju January 31, 2017 / 10:48 am

      Thanks D. I’m glad to be here again 🙂

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  5. George January 26, 2017 / 1:19 am

    So glad to glad to know you’re still around, uju..:)

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  6. cisteksys January 25, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    It is a pleasure see you alive. Hope to see more of YOU

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    • uju January 25, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Sure you will 🙂

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  7. contoveros January 25, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Ain’t it great to be alive on a spiritual journey? Who knows where it will take us. It won’t be a bed of roses. We will face suffering. But with love in our hearts and forgiveness for others as well as ourselves we’ll continue to see the Light that’s just up ahead.

    That Light has been in our heart showing us the way on the path toward . . . (you plug in the name of God, Jehovah, Allah or Shekinah. I love ’em all!)

    Michael J, about to meditate

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    • uju January 25, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      That Light has been in our heart showing us the way on the path toward God 🙂

      So true, Michael. The journey has been great so far, and I’m hopeful for what 2017 holds in store.
      Happy meditation.

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