I know you must be having a number of plans for the holiday season. It is Christmas upon us and 2017 is almost over.
It is the happy time of the year, the time of freezing cold climate but warm hearts. The time to sing jingle bells and exchange gifts. It is the time to party and drink, to think and resolve; and to look back one last time and start afresh.
This holiday season, when you shop for gifts, consider gifting yourself a few things too. Keeping that in mind, I have curated a list of that you should be gifting yourself.
Have a look :-
- Courage –
” In the world’s broad field of battle; In the bivouac of life; be not like dumb driven cattle! be a hero in the strife! ” – H. W Longfellow
Those are some lines from my favorite poem ever. Does that not encourage you enough to step out from the crowd and live a life of your own? To live on your own terms and in your own way? To be your own hero, fearless and strong ?
If it does, let me tell you that all you need is a little bit of courage.
Gift yourself; the courage to fight all the demons, the courage to endure all the hardships, the courage to stand strong even when you are weak, the courage to know and to pursue and the courage to face defeat.
Have courage to speak up for yourself, to get lost in the pursuit of what makes you happy, to deal with the mindless ramblings of society, to be fearless and to be hateless.
Courage is something we all need, it is something that helps us face our fears, and take that step we were always afraid to take.
It is what gets your journey started, and may lead you to wonderful things.
Courage has nothing to do with weapons, it can be found in the little things that you do. Questioning is courageous, believing in yourself is courageous, playing fair in a corrupt world is courageous, standing up is courageous and so is sitting down and listening. To the millennials, posting a filterless picture is courageous too. #don’tjudge
Courage is your strength in the big and little things, gift it to yourself because nobody else can.
- Love –
Gift yourself some love, know that it is so much more than being confident, and self-aware.
As Tyra Banks has said, “Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self, it is about accepting all of yourself.”
Love yourself for who you are, try to know yourself better,be kind to yourself, work hard on yourself and for yourself, and don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle.
Loving yourself does not only mean taking care of yourself and pampering yourself, it also means accepting yourself as you are, doing little things for yourself, and working to be better and to grow.
It means knowing that you are not perfect or flawless, but these imperfections make you – You.
It means knowing when you need to take a break, and taking it.
It means pushing yourself to get out of your comfort zone but not too hard.
It means chasing after only what you deserve, and nothing less.
It means forgiving yourself when you need to and doing things that make you happy.
There may be so many people in your own little world who love you dearly, but when you sit down and count, make sure you are the first.
- Confidence –
The world is becoming more and more superficial, and competitive day by day. No matter what you do, or how much you avoid; you will always feel like someone is doing much better than you, that you are lacking behind and also that you are not good enough.
This world will make you insecure by throwing at you hundreds of insecurities every single day. All you need to do, is make it through.
No matter how hard you work, or how beautiful you are, someday or the other, you will lack confidence, and have insecurities. Know that it is completely fine to be insecure and to have insecurities, confidence levels are never constant for anybody. You just need to find a way to deal with them.
Gift yourself some confidence this time, the confidence that will help you live a better life.
Be confident in your own skin, body, social status, knowledge, and all that you think is important for you. You will have your doubts and fears, but if you give yourself a chance, you can easily overcome them. If you give them a chance, they will surely eat you up.
Don’t let these doubts and insecurities eat you up, gift yourself some confidence to have faith in yourself and clear your doubts.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” –Marie Curie
- Good Riddance –
Gift yourself the chance to get rid of anything and everything that does not make you happy.
It may be anything, a box of dark chocolates that you picked up accidentally, a personality trait, a person, an addiction, or anything else. Anything that does not make you happy anymore should occupy no space in your house or your life.
There are plenty of things in life that will sadden you, disappoint you and discourage you. Do you still think you can handle some more of it unncessarily?
If it does not make you happy, and you don’t need it anymore, don’t wait to get rid of it; do it immediately.
If it is difficult for you to do it all alone, don’t shy away from seeking for help.
Remember, if it is not contributing in your goals, personality or happiness, eliminate it out.
It is just the right time to do so, end your year by getting rid of everything you don’t need in life, so that you can start afresh and focus on the good things in life.
- Time –
“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”— Dale Carnegie
We are super busy almost all the time. Assignments, projects, business meetings, fancy dinners or just hanging out in cafes take up a lot of our time. All what is left is completely devoted to updating our social media accounts.
Our days, months and even years are spent doing all these things, but in between we often forget to give ourselves some time.
This Christmas, gift yourself some time.
Time which is truly and completely your own, to do something that you like to do. Take up any activity and do it in your me time.You may read, write, play any sport or just lay down and think. Think about anything that you don’t normally think of, keep your phone away for a while and relax.
Just try to take out at least 5 minutes every day, just for yourself and nobody else. This will help you know yourself better, and also tell you how important and effective solitude really is.
I hope you liked this gift guide for Christmas and New Year. Happy holidays everyone.
I hope new year brings to you new hopes and new possibilities.
Until next time
lots of love
A silly frolicsome girl ( ananyajha_ )