laneyatbp.com turns 1 today!
If you’ve been following this blog since its inception then you must know that it all started with self-doubt and a dream.
I was 5 years deep into my chosen career, and I began to question everything because deep down I knew I was unsure, unsatisfied, and unclear. I sat down, retraced my steps and reflected on what I was truly passionate about. This blog was a stab at a dream that I never realized until recently.
I’ve gone through a lot this past year especially in the growth department. I’ve had my ego scraped a few times, hope flicked away, derailed, and challenged in a way I’ve never experienced before. It was a rough year of self-discovery, but I learned a lot in this journey. I learned that no matter what you do, there are certain things beyond your control that will yank you off guard during the most inconvenient times. There are people who will continue to bring down your spirit, but despite their relentless conquest, you must never give up. You have to be equally relentless in your pursuit of whatever it is you may be fighting for. There are certain situations we cannot leave behind for various valid reasons. Sometimes the best thing you can do is go for a run, grab a drink, rant to your friends, and hope for a better tomorrow. No matter what you may be going through, remember that this is all temporary. And even in the most disheartening moments, it’s imperative to show up on time and always do your best.
Truth is, the best revenge is seeking none at all and investing that energy in your own health and progress, prioritising personal goals you’ve been neglecting, and working toward creating a passionate, prosperous and fulfilling future of your own.
A lot of great things also happened this year. I witnessed 6 of our closest friends tie the knot. I traveled to four countries, jumped off cliffs, conquered a monolith, and drove down the coast of California. I met a lot of new people, re-discovered lost friendships, and found more reasons to be in love. And just recently, someone took a chance on a newcomer, and I was offered a position to be a part time writer!
Writing has changed my life more than I could have ever imagined. If I had to choose a super power that would be the ability to time travel. I chose this power not necessarily to change the past, but to relive certain things once again. And writing allows me to do just that. It allows me to time travel to the past, recall those moments once again, and retell my story through words and photographs.
Writing made me appreciate even the most mundane things in life. In some ways, I feel that it has made me a better person. Expressing your thoughts in writing forces you to an essential pause. It calms you down as you pour your emotions and reflect on the situation even further.
It’s been a challenging year, but I foresee greater things in the future. Obama said it best:
“Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. it’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”
Your continued support means heaps to me, and I can’t thank you enough. Cheers to more storytelling!
“This world makes you crazy, and you’ve taken all you can bear. Just call me up cause I will always be there.”