"When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each colour of the sunset. Reacquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet. Thank the air that surrounds you with every breath you take. Find yourself in the appreciation of life." - Christy Ann Martine
For the last few years my life has revolved around the idea of spending each day planning and preparing for the next. Spending every available hour studying for the exams that will make sure my life is a success. But recently I've realised that's the problem; success. When did the amount of money you earn or the brand of your clothes start to determine your success, your worth? Why should we all care so much about the opinions of others, when those opinions are so heavily based on how you look and what you have to your name?
Recently, I realised that success isn't about what you have, it's about who you have in your life and how happy and content you are within yourself. When I found the above quote, it opened my eyes to just how much I have and how thankful I am to the people in my life.
I want to show my appreciation for the people that have allowed me to develop and grow into the person I am today. My family who, despite the challenges of the past few years, have taught me to be proud of who I am and that no goal is too great. The friends that made me realise that being strong doesn't come from hiding your weaknesses, but embracing them and trusting others to accept them. And the people who have an ability to make me smile even when I'm at my lowest; those people who seem to know exactly what to say at just the right moment.
Despite how cliché this sounds, life is short. This is one thing I've learnt more than anything else this year, so make sure you show your appreciation for everyone who has ever taught you something, or even just made you smile before it's too late.