The beauty of the unexpected

THEY say life puts things in your way for a reason. I have to agree but I always felt it meant we had to endure something to come out successful and prove to ourselves that we are strong and powerful.

Now, I see there may be another meaning. Life also puts things in our way to help us be happy and find joy in new things. We don’t always have to look at it negatively.

One year ago, The Star reached out to me with an idea of having me write a column for 12 months. At the beginning, I thought they must have been insane because I had never written a column in my life.

Mostly, I had reporters and writers reach out to me to write something about what I had done but I never was confronted with the fact of writing my own thoughts.

Now here is when I have learnt the biggest lesson. Unexpectedly, the writing has actually given me so much.

Throughout the year, my main objective was to share my thoughts but mostly inspire and give some advice of how to conquer certain aspects of our lives but in the process of sharing, I ended up discovering things about myself.

So many lessons that I had forgotten myself, or so many experiences I have had that had completely left my mind – all came back. It’s impressive how our lives have so many details and aspects to them and, after a certain time, we completely forget about them.

I would like to point out the three key lessons from the year of writing these articles for readers to keep in mind:

The hardest challenge is trying: This is a reminder that we have to give ourselves a chance to try. If we don’t take that first step, we will never know what opportunities might be available for us. The fear of failure or not living up to expectations is the barrier that we have to break through but if we allow ourselves to face it head on, we may find ourselves in the best place we want to be.

Stop complaining and get to work: I think the title of the article says it all. Breaking the habit of complaining is a game changer in life. I believe that just like we learnt to complain, we can learn to appreciate what’s around us. It’s in our complete control to make this a conscious effort and embark on a journey of new feelings and possibilities.

Time after time, we waste precious time – by not being focused: We are constantly distracted, therefore we constantly waste time. When I managed to concentrate on my tasks and daily interactions, I learned to value my time so much more. When we focus on what we have to do, things get easier, they get faster and you feel more efficient. Learning to manage your time will give you so much opportunity to try and do other things. The beauty is that you will probably find yourself happier in the other things you can do, then just doing your job.

What a wonderful year of sharing and remembering my life next to you guys. Thanks for reading and thanks for the encouragement. I’ve learnt that I have a voice to share and I’m so happy this was an “unexpected job” that I got, that now pushes me to do so much more.
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Nicol David , squash


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