I find that a lot of us young people fear the end of the year as much as we love the beginning of a new one. The new year signifies a fresh start, new beginnings, but the end of the year reminds us how shit the year may have been. We compare our lives with the carefully edited social media lives of our friends, acquaintances and random strangers, we drown in sadness because we feel like we could have done more, read more, loved more, learned more, written more, created more, made more money. All of these feelings because we compare our lives to others which is a very toxic thing.

Normally, when I write these types of self help-ish posts, I’m actually writing to myself but I know I’m not alone and this post might help at a least one person out there. So, you should share this with someone.

1. Be Your Own Cheerleader

You HAVE to be proud of what you have done this year. It might not be what you aimed for. But YOU, a human being, managed to survive till this point. And that’s enough. Truly, it’s an achievement in itself.

2. Don’t Compare

Do not do it. Never compare your worth to another person’s. Instead be inspired by the people you admire. Sweep away the jealousy and instead feel rejuvenated by other’s successes. If they have done something you wanted to do, you can do it too if you set your mind to it. They don’t have two heads(some do, lol) But you get my point.

3. Ignore that “You could’ve done better” And Make It Into “I will do better next year

You have to believe that you did your best this year. Yes, some people posted more on social media and showed the world what a good time they were having but, we all have work, relationships, etc to focus on. Wasting time is important. Taking a break is important. We are humans. We need that time. Humans waste time and that’s okay.

4. Don’t Criticize Yourself

This might be the hardest one yet. All of us are harsh critics of ourselves and very encouraging towards others. Don’t devalue the time you have spent on your interests, job and recreational activities. The rest of the world is celebrating you. No one thinks you failed.

5. Make Plans If You Like

Maybe you work on impulse. Maybe you are a planner. Do what works best for you. You might fail. But the key is ‘keep on doing what you love’
Keep at it.

6. What You Have Done Is Enough

Don’t beat yourself up, no amount of worrying will change the situation. No one but YOU know your priorities and difficulties. And you have emerged through this year juggling all of that. Don’t devalue the hard work and sleepless nights you have given this in between everything else.

7. Think Quality Not Quantity

It is better to have a experienced life fully and had a few amazing experiences than rushing to check things off your checklist like a demon is on your tail. For instance, if you have a book blog, it is better to genuinely talk about three books than read a million of them in a rush just to meet a challenge.

8. Pace Yourself

Don’t pressurize yourself to do every single thing you have written down for 2018 goals. If it happens, that’s great. If it doesn’t then you keep going. You owe it to yourself to live your best life without pressure from society, family, friends and definitely not social media.

Each year is different for each person. So don’t worry. You have performed better year by year. Maybe you read lesser books in one year. But perhaps you learnt a new skill? Perhaps you spent your time with some people who are important to you? Or just with yourself? The ultimate aim should be a fulfilling life. Believe it or not, you have done that this year. YES!

YOU have SEIZED the year. Trust me! Just pass on the good vibes to others too.
And have an amazing end to this year!

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