2021: The year I stepped into my power

by Samantha Kuphe

Honestly, the first 3 years of my undergraduate were filled with experiences attached to a lot of regret. I was leading my life based on the lives of my friends and my personal growth and goals took a backseat. I remember consoling myself saying ‘this is what university is for, to completely live like there’s no tomorrow and to enjoy my youth’. Little did I know that I was due for a rude awakening.

Toward the end of 2019 I was slowly losing interest in my degree. I put enough effort just to pass and on days where I did want to excel, I was subconsciously limiting myself. When I moved out of residence and rented a house with my friends in 2020, I thought life would get better and I would become dedicated again. However, as the pandemic began, I found something to blame for my lack of passion. I mean, the world felt like it was ending so why did I have to try.

But mid 2020 something very interesting, confusing, and challenging started to happen to me. Having more free time and less distractions I began a journey of introspection. I started feeling like I’m missing out on something great, like my life purpose was rapidly diminishing. I felt strongly drawn to figure out who I am and what I want out of life. As I started reading self-help books and listening to podcasts, I was reminded of all that I had to be grateful for and not take for granted.

Fast-forward to the beginning of 2021 I decided to rent a space to live alone, I needed complete isolation to re-invent myself and step into my power. That was the best decision I have ever made. The rest of the year was filled with moments of clarity, drive, and many opportunities to elevate my personal and career goals. That year also taught me that leading a balanced life is a lifelong journey that requires effort but is rewarded with many benefits.

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