Over the past few days I have heard and read hundred stories relating to other people’s 2017, each one unique to the individual.
For me, my past year has been one of personal growth. Never in one year have I learnt more about myself, and this New Year’s Day is unusual as for the first time I am looking forward to the year ahead rather than dreading it.
This journey of self- growth began on New Year’s 2017. I was recently out of work and gloomily looking toward January. No one likes being unemployed, and other people’s advice didn’t help my situation. They insisted that careers and money were paramount and that’s what I should be perusing. I didn’t completly disagree with them, but they wanted me to walk straight into another career that I was unhappy with. Inside, I knew I wanted to help people, as I mentioned in a previous post of epilepsy and the work place. I was disappointed by my last job, they’d received the news of my epilepsy poorly even when I explained it wasn’t an issue. It had been the first job I’d had since my epilepsy was fully controlled, I never thought it would be and an issue, I could even drive! So, I was disappointed to find that other people’s lack of education was still making me sad. I thought about everyone else who must be experiencing the same every single day. This was my first inspiration to help others. I wanted to do something to help, but I wasn’t sure what.
In that same January, a Facebook friend shared this video, it was exactly what I needed at that moment in time:
It’s so rare to find a video that reaches to you. It reassured me and ignited hope. It gave me the inspiration that I required to start some important work. Some of which is the work you are reading now.
By the February, I had set up my Blog, ArdentJourneys and became a volunteer with Epilepsy Action, all with the aim to help, inspire and to raise awareness about epilepsy.
You may be wondering if you have only read the title of the video, ‘Talks by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick’, how could you be inspired to create a blog etc. after watching a video? However his motivational talk highlighted to me that helping others and perusing your dreams was far more important than pursuing any trivial material wealth. In his opening lines he said;
‘I’m going to try and change your minds a little bit, it would be rude of me not to. What I really want to try and do is focus hard on where you’re going with your journey and why should it matter to you?…In a society ever more divorced of what matters… Dream as if today is your last day on earth. What if that dream came true? You have to dream big, and you have to have a reason big enough.’
It was if this video landed in my life at the perfect moment, showing me the right direction.
From that moment, I began to listen to myself and set my own goals that I wanted to achieve rather than society. Without question, during 2017, I have been truly happy and content within myself and that has been a huge achievement.
Sometimes I wonder what might have happened over this past year if I hadn’t come across that video. It certainly provided me with the push I required.
As I found it such an inspiration to me last year, it is my New Year’s gift to you, and I hope it brings you equal amounts of motivation.
I have been overwhelmed by the response I have received in 2017 for my humble blog, thank you to every one for your support. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts, follow me, and email me, it means so much!
I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.
I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year,
Thanks for reading,