This year has been very difficult for me in every aspect of my life. I experienced pain, loss and I almost gave up on my art gallery several times. Through it all I learnt to be patient, tolerant, listen, love, forgive, share, apologise, filter my words and have integrity. The most comforting thing I did was pray. Praying gives me peace, hope and I feel loved.
The most painful truth I discovered this year, was that people with integrity were the poorest, overworked, underpaid and stressed but they are the strongest. Anyone who can consciously make a decision to do the right thing all the time is brave and strong. It takes courage to endure hardship when you could have stolen some money from your job, lied on your CV to get a job or slept with someone’s partner. It is very uncommon to have integrity in this corrupt world. At the end of the day, you go home and have a sound sleep knowing you do not have to worry about getting caught in any scandal. A good name is indeed better than riches.
I learnt to postpone some dreams and work harder on others. I am not competing with anyone to rush my life. Romantic relationships, marriage and children can wait for a couple of years as I work on my life to be stable. A stable life is a happy life.
I realised I did not need a lot of friends in my life to be fulfilled. Some friends had to leave, I made news ones and I am still filtering to find those that I need.
My passion grew from art to history and culture. I started traveling around the world, especially within my country and Africa to discover more about my culture, history, humans and life.
The most important lesson I learnt in business is accepting disappointments. It still hurts but it I do not get upset for long and I move on. Some clients will always promise and fail, so I handle such situations with maturity.
My lessons from this year has moulded me into a more matured person that I am very proud of. I am going to keep working on me to be a better version of myself every day.
Through finding, supporting, selling and promoting art, I became one. I am very raw, unrefined and still in the early stages of creation but I am definitely an artwork. Hopefully I become a masterpiece after completion.
Always remember to LIVE.