Lessons I've learnt during 2018

As I come to the end of year, I can’t help but look back and reminisce on the year. The highlights, failures, successes, and biggest life lessons.

Personally 2018 has been a year of self-discovery, acceptance, and celebration, and easily one of my best years for as long as I can remember.

After spending time with my family over Christmas, gin & tonics, deliberating over the things and traits that make us who we are, I realised that I have taken away some key learnings from this year.

We are forever young.

In the scheme of things, we are always going to be young at heart and in knowledge. Acknowledge that there is always much more to learn in all aspects. Allow yourself to be a no one and observe, listen, and you might open your mind to finally see what you didn’t once know.

 

You already are who you want to be.

You’re a singer, writer, doctor, entrepreneur, athlete, artist, photographer, teacher, friend, partner, and lover. You just don’t know it yet and it is for you to carve out. What you want and who you want to be is already inside you. Embrace and let it out.

 

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Living minimally doesn’t mean having less.

It means having less is more. Buying fewer clothes that you kind of like allows you to buy more of the clothes you love. Spending less on low-quality products allows you to buy more of high-quality products. Having fewer things lets you appreciate more of the things you have, and I think this transcends physical objects. If you’re not happy with what you have now, you’ll never be happy.

 

Notice the little things.

Notice how people thank you, when they get a new haircut, how happy someone feels, how bad someone feels, if someone has been crying, if someone needs a hug, notice good service, notice a kind deed, the kind words that comes from someone who noticed you were in need of some love. The little things are everywhere and it’s beautiful. We need to pay them more attention.

 

Being healthy is not just about lifting and running.

We as a society have become more complacent and desensitised due to the comfort technology has created … Netflix … need I say more. We need to take care of our bodies in health, fitness, and mind. Find that something that makes being healthy effortless and hold onto it.

 

Who you surround yourself with matters.

Surround yourself with people, food, information, energy, diversity, and ideals that are aligned with yours and that you value and respect. You are a reflection of the environment around you.

 

Challenge yourself, because life is unexpected and short.

I don’t want to sound morbid, but death is something that is inevitable. Don’t die before you’re dead. Take chances, challenge yourself, take calculated risks, and don’t worry about what people think of you. Live your best life.

Do it for the love.

For the love of art, for the love of knowledge, for the love of self-discipline, for the love of being challenged, and for the love of life. Do it for the love, not for the likes. If you don’t care about getting credit you will feel incredible fulfilment by just creating, expressing yourself, and letting ideas out into the world.


Written by Georgia Christo: a fashion planner for a leading Australian label by day, living in denim, usually found with a cup of coffee in her hand & living for elevated minimalism.