Things To Leave Behind in 2017

If 2017 left a lot to be desired, then don’t let another 12 months pass by. Pick up your bag, strap your shoes on, and say goodbye to these things in 2017 that are better left in the past. Here’s to an awesome 2018!

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Toxic friendships

Not everyone in your life is meant to stay. Chances are, you may be keeping in touch with people who only seek to pull you down. Know that you deserve so much better and don’t be afraid to realize that for yourself. Friends who constantly criticize or judge you, and always make you feel worse about yourself aren’t friends worth keeping. That also goes for friends who demand so much from you, yet aren’t willing to return the same favor. You deserve friends who will support you, uplift you, and cheer with you in every little triumph, and be there for your bad days.

Your self-doubt

Let 2018 be the year that you seize every moment. For the longest time, you’ve been hiding in fear of leaving your comfort zone, daunted by the idea of rejection or failure. Maybe I’m not good enough. Maybe I don’t deserve this. Maybe people won’t even like me. Stop listening to that voice in your head, and open doors to new experiences. The only failed opportunity is the one you didn’t grab.

That ex

It doesn’t matter whether you were in an official relationship or not — leave that ex behind in 2017. Leave your history and the complicated status you might have. If you find yourself hoping that 2018 might be better, stop — abusive, manipulative exes or “unofficial” flings who keep stringing you around are never going to give you what you truly deserve. Go and look for that great love that’s out there, and open your heart this year.

Trying to live up to other people’s expectations

This 2018, start living your life on your own terms. If you’ve been basing your decisions on other people, then you may just find yourself on the path to a meltdown because of too much pressure. It is exhausting trying to put up a facade just because you’re afraid of disappointing other people when you have constantly been disappointing yourself. You are not a mound of clay others can mold up to their own liking; you’re a messy, complex, yet inspiring human being with your own set of talents and abilities.

Constantly browsing on your phone

While this may be easier said than done, this 2018, try to put your phone down a little more and disconnect from the online world once in a while. Being constantly plugged in and scrolling down your feed mindlessly prevents you from stopping to smell the flowers and appreciate what’s around you, your loved ones included. Learn to set aside some time for yourself that has nothing to do with social media. Meditate. Learn to daydream again. Write in a journal. Play with your dog. Live more and absorb your experiences, not just through photos on Instagram or Facebook.

What are other things we should leave behind in 2017? Let us know your thoughts!