I recently came across lists of things people think other people their age need to realize. I am not one of those people who opens up a journal the beginning of November and creates a list of what I want to accomplish in the next 360 some odd days. Rather, my realizations and the tasks I set forth for myself are more campaigns than events – beliefs formed and gradually played out. Some happen while sitting in a sunny window at a coffee shop with a friend, others driving (usually caffeinated) deeper into the woods. Wherever and whenever your changes/plans/resolutions come I wish you strength as that is more often needed than luck.
You can’t redo the most important moments in life. So do them right the first time around.
If people aren’t adding to your life, they’re taking away from your life.
If your life is easy, then you’re not trying hard enough.
Your religion isn’t any better or more righteous than anyone else’s. It’s just a different version of the same theory. **I read this and think it’s something to ponder and discuss at length. On principal I agree, but there is so much I am ignorant of when it comes to different religions. Overall regardless I try to practice respect not judgment.
People are mostly made by nurture, not nature. **Really think about that and where your nurturing came from and comes from. I find myself telling those I love – taking care of yourself is humanness and kindness not selfishness. Selfishness is something ugly, but nurturing is beautiful.
Most of the foods we eat shouldn’t even be labeled as “food.”
Being physically and mentally active are often the differentiating factors between being happy and being miserable. **Read anything, take classes in person or online, run, ride a bike or a horse, swim, walk don’t take the elevator. A lazy mind or body is such a waste.
If you love them, tell them. A shocking number of individuals never get that chance. **I read this one and WOW WOW. I did this once. Had my heart broken. Lived through it and am stronger and in a better place for it. Maybe next time if I am brave enough again there will be a happier ending.
Change is always possible. Your life is your story, write the future chapters for the best possible view of yourself. The person you believe you can be.
Blame only gets you so far. Responsibility will take you home. Accept that sometimes you are the problem.
Now, right now – we all do. This is for you dSK (my best friend/positive inspiration) You need to stop stereotyping. And while we’re at it judge a whole lot less if at all.
And then there’s this one. If you can’t have fun without drinking, then you probably have a drinking problem. **I recently realized I really don’t like drinking alcohol. The occasional whiskey – when it’s really, really good sure – but in general the gin and tonics I used to love just make me feel sick. When I go out I’d prefer to drink fizzy water and enjoy the conversation and food clearly.