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Dec 30 2013

2013: A Year of Letting Go

It’s that time when people tend to reflect on the year that is coming to an end whilst looking forward to the forthcoming one.  I am no exception and have been doing just that.

Sitting on some cushions on the floor of my empty house, single once again, not knowing what tomorrow will bring, I really struggled with how to write this.  You see, 2013 has had its highs and lows.   I’m generally a motivated, determined, and optimistic person, but, for some reason, all I could think about were the lows.  Was it all negative?  No, of course not but, at times, it felt like that.

At the beginning of the year, I had a rough plan.  You know, my goals, what I wanted to achieve but, as the year progressed, that plan started to disintegrate and everything (or so it seemed at times) failed.  That happens in life.  We have to accept that we can’t control everything and, as a result, sometimes things don’t work out.  The most important thing is how you deal with that and what you do next.  I have certainly been kept on my toes in 2013 because I’ve had to rethink my plans a few times this year and deal with some rather difficult and unexpected situations.

So, what have I gotten out of 2013?  Quite a lot actually.  When I think about it, the main theme throughout the year has been about letting go of things that just aren’t working to allow new things to develop and flourish.

  • I have learned so much more about myself and what’s important in life.

  • It has given me the chance to rethink what it is that I want and how I’m going to achieve it, which I am still working on.

  • It has made me all the more determined to achieve my goals.

  • I have met some fantastic people this year and reconnected with others.

  • I went interrailing, which is something I had wanted to do for years.

  • I rediscovered places in Europe, like Switzerland, that I hadn’t been to for years and explored some new places, like Bosnia and Montenegro.

  • I realised that I’m getting there, albeit slowly, to living my dream life, which is exciting and motivating.

  • At  times, I might have to think a little differently or laterally and make adjustments to achieve my goals but that’s OK.

So, what might have seemed to me like a rather negative year, at times, wasn’t.  I think it has been a year of laying the foundations and preparing me for 2014 and beyond but only time will tell.

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What was your year like?  What have you learned from it?  What has been the central theme running throughout the year for you?

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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