I am in the habit of evaluating my year as it comes to an end. Evaluation does not mean complaining about unfinished projects or unaccomplished dreams. Instead, it is a chance to see where I am in this life at this moment and to appreciate how far I have come.
How did I do? I feel great about the year of 2016. Besides my new publications, I also had a chance to travel to Europe, become a PhD student at Western University and buy a new car. Hence, I have a lot to celebrate!
Yet, I have to say that the greatest accomplishment is the lessons I have learned during the year. The first lesson is that it is possible to become a successful author. It really is possible! It is not just a dream! The second lesson is, however, that being successful takes time. Of course, there are the occasional lucky people in the world who get discovered instantly. (Maybe, I will be one of those soon?! Who knows?) But, most authors just have to be patient. It is one poem, short story, novel or other type of work at a time that most authors succeed. Basically, the lesson is that patience is as necessary as dedication to succeed. The good news is that I am willing to honour the lesson and give it time. Overall, this means that I am now certain of my success, but I am willing to give it time for this success to materialize.
How was your year? How did you do? What are the lessons you have learned?