I really struggle with the idea of constantly attempting to get somewhere and achieve something. One part of me strives to get ahead, whilst the other realises that there is no real joy in that process. There is probably some naivety in believing that things can be as they are, but acceptance has been a key concept in my mind over the past year. Accepting who you are, where you are in life, your circumstances and your faults as a fallible human being, rather than fighting it in order to achieve a perfect outcome or prefect self. It is impossible and painful to attempt perfection. Mindfulness has really helped me in terms of being more present and grounded. Although I rarely manage to meditate and often find myself frustrated during the process if I do, I catch myself being more aware during moments of the day I would otherwise rush through. Lately every time it rains I have stopped just to listen or stood outside to feel the drops of rain and the fresh air. When I get frustrated waiting in line or being put on hold, I breathe and let it go. Of course I don’t manage this every time – but I’m learning to accept that!