I used to be that person who always wanted to say yes. I genuinely enjoy people and like making them happy. If I can put a smile on someone’s face, that’s usually the highlight of my day. As a result, I’ve found myself saying too many yeses for my own good, and this created myriad problems for me and drained the joy out of activities that used to make me happy.
I’m just finding my way out of a season which, if I had to name it, would be called Overwhelm.
It was a stressful time, full of “how did I get here?” and “where do I start from?” moments. The worst thing was that it didn’t seem like it would ever end. Sometimes the thought of endless pressure-filled days brought on anxiety and shortness of breath.
I was unable to write anything, and I had no time to read. Anyone who knows me knows that not being able to read is not only indicative of high stress, but actually creates another layer of stress.
I saw that quote in a picture someone shared on WhatsApp, and it spoke deeply to me.
For many of us, 2017 didn’t go exactly the way we wanted. Some aspects of our lives saw real growth and brought us joy, while others just seemed to have seen little or no progress. At times all one wants to do is abandon ship.
We can talk about how lit 2018 is going to be from now till tomorrow, but talk is cheap. Unless we take deliberate steps, 2018 will not be significantly better than 2017. In fact, “Happy New Year” begins now.