Letting go can mean a lot of different things to people for various reasons, but for me, it’s meant letting go of what could have been in order to focus on the possibilities of the future.
The future can be a scary thing when everything seems so uncertain, but when the fog lifts it’s amazing how things which once seem daunting can start to seem exciting.
As someone wise once said to me, you sometimes have to shut the door behind you in order to pave a new way forward, a sentiment that sits with me as I start this year.
I believe part of letting go comes down to acceptance, something which I have to admit isn’t one of my greatest strengths!
As I get older (and hopefully wiser), I realise more and more that not only do I find it hard to let go of people, past relationships and chapters in my life, but I also find it difficult to accept how some people treat those closest to them. I remind myself to try and understand why people behave the way they do, rather than letting things frustrate or upset me, perhaps acceptance is the solution to much of this.
I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, as I think they put too much pressure on those that set them and inevitably you can’t sustain them, however this year I think I’ going to try and work on acceptance. That’s not to say I’m going to start accepting rubbish behaviour, but sometimes it’s good to remember that we are all a result of nature/nurture and just as I’m not perfect, neither is anyone else.
Taking a step back and looking at life from a different perspective will not only help to lessen my own frustrations, but you never know it might help those around me too.