This ‘life lessons’ post actually came about courtesy of a friend. He said, “You write about love, heartbreak and never on life, so why don’t you do one”?
So, it isn’t the most original concept, but no doubt there’s something in here that will inspire someone, somewhere.
Life Lessons I’ve Learned on My Winding Road
No one else can make you happy. Intimate relationships will distract you from yourself and offer temporary sanctuary, but facing your demons – your fears, insecurities, negative past experiences, wrong doings and shortcomings – requires you to look in the mirror, alone.
We are often let down by the most trusted people and loved by the most unexpected ones. Some make us cry for things that we haven’t done, while others ignore our faults and just see our smile. Some leave us when we need them the most, while some stay with us even when ask them to leave.
Work less, if you can. There will be no reward on your deathbed for all those extra hours you put in at the office, but there will be no regret for the extra time you spent with the people you cherish.
If you need a reminder of what happiness looks like, watch children playing together.If you want to understand mindfulness, watch children playing together.
You can’t change the world, but you can be the change. Don’t neglect fighting for the things you feel passionately about because you think your voice is too small and that not enough people care. One voice is capable of creating a huge echo.
When possible, go to bed early and wake up early. It is amazing how much more you get done and how much more zest for life you have when you wake with nature’s curtain. Sleep is not something your health can afford to skimp on, either.
Exercise every day. Humans are made to move. Our ancestors roamed approximately 19km a day. So walk, run, lift, jump, stretch. Whatever you can do, put aside time each day to oil your engine. It makes you feel wonderful; inspired, creative, enthusiastic, happy.Your health is your wealth.
Life is too short to spend it living out the expectations of others. This is your journey. Make it your story.
Don’t rush through life chasing your tail. It might be cliche, but stop every now and again to look around and notice life. Meditation, chilling out and listening to music, or just sitting on your doorstep are wonderful ways to bring the mind home for a while.
Be the change you want to see in the world. Simple. Only ever lend what you can afford to lose.
Make mistakes and remain a creative being. School teaches us that mistakes are bad and to be avoided, but mistakes are a valuable part of the creative process. No life-changing invention has been created, or fulfilling life lived, without a few mistakes along the way. Keep inventing, keep reinventing, keep failing (learning) and always explore your ideas as best you can
The world is a mixture of people. We just need to know which hand to shake and which hand to hold. After all that’s life, learning to hold on and learning to let go.
If some of these things resonate with you, great. If you disagree with some of my points, that’s great too; go and start your own list and live your life, your way.