I don’t know about you, but this year has been the hardest yet most rewarding in my life. I made massive mistakes, had massive wins and really pushed myself hard everyday to better myself and what I am doing. I remember that my 2011, 2012 & 2013 years were very hard for me on a range of levels and although I feel good about the coming 2015 – I know there are many out there which aren’t feeling that happy about what lies ahead. I think it’s very easy to jump up and punch your fist in the air and say “Happy New Year and isn’t life wonderful and Awesome?” – however the reality is that for many it’s not.
2014 in Australia has been marked by difficult trading conditions, terrorism, the recent Martin Place Tragedy, flights going down, families of the two NYPD officers shot in a racially motivated attacks and people who (once like me) are on their own right now.
For me, although I have a new great family now – I can only remember what it was like to be alone on New Years Eve, living out of my car on Christmas and once upon a time fighting for my country (which was totally awesome BTW – miss those days!).
We live in a very “New World” today which is far from the idealistic world we once grew up in. It’s dangerous, bad things happen to good people and I am sure you have your own challenges in life and resonate with things that I am saying right here.
For me, my whole challenges and learnings of 2014 can be summarized into one statement:
“I have learned to enjoy my struggle and use every trick I have in the book to take advantage of the challenges thrown at me. Each one of these makes me slightly stronger than I was the moment before.”
I have been able to overcome great amounts of fear in myself and my own life which has been very liberating and inspiring. For 2015, to me it’s getting out of “Fear” mode and getting into “Faith” mode. We are not guaranteed a tomorrow in today’s crazy world, so you got to be ready for the unexpected and more so – ready to help other people than need it.
My prayers go the people who have suffered in 2014 and to you reading this post right now. I may know you, I may not know you, I will hopefully get to know you and if I never do meet you – I WISH YOU A SAFE, PROSPEROUS AND AWESOME 2014.
This is my last article for 2014 and godbless all you wonderful people!