Rahul is a software engineer based in bangalore, india.

this journal is his manifesto to help people tackle everyday hurdles and live better.

The Blank Journal

It's new year's day. The time to stop wondering what went wrong the last year and take steps to write a different story in your life.

Consider this idea:

At the start of every year, you get a blank journal containing 365 pages. Your job is to fill each page with something new.

It can be an achievement, or a happy moment, or a failure, or grief. Anything.

I'm not talking about maintaining any physical journal, writing down what happened each day. Although such a practice would be phenomenal, it isn't necessary.

What I want to say here is that you are now getting 365 fresh days to make a change in your life.

Whether it will be a positive change or a negative one holds upon all the decisions you're going to take throughout the year.

All of your actions will decide where you end up this 31st December.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
— Oprah Winfrey

It doesn't have to be perfect. It's impossible to have a perfect year, unless, you're either God, or Bruce Almighty, or starting your day with a sip of the luck potion, Felix Felicis.

Anyone saying that they had a perfect year is lying blatantly.

Admit it. You'll have good days, you'll have bad days.

On some days you'll feel invincible. On others, it might be a challenge to just get out of your bed to face the world.

And it's perfectly fine to have days that suck. They are essential. Failure will challenge you and make you strong.

Nevertheless, you should always keep trying to make a positive change in your life.

List out things that you want to achieve in this year and strive to check each item off the list before the year ends.

Here's mine:

  • Read at least 50 books
  • Make stunning memories with my special someone
  • Write on this blog every day
  • Get published on Inc, Entrepreneur, or Fortune
  • Make an awesome side-project
  • Step up my software development game

Good or bad, make it a year to remember.

Just keep living.

Each year in your life is a journal of 365 pages, scribble wonderful stuff on each page.

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