1. Don’t Argue With Stupid People.
You get nowhere. It’s like playing scrabble with a dog, no matter how well you play, the dog will end up shitting on the board and walking away like he won anyway.
2. Eat The Damn Cake.
Yes I know that eating right and exercise is important for your health, but if you are in the vicinity of a cake or delicious bite of something, just eat it.
3. Working Is A Part Of Life, Not The Entirety Of Life.
Unless you adore what you do for a living and it is your pasison and life’s mission, take a deep breath and don’t take it all so seriously. At the end of the day, a job is to pay the bills and have pocket money to go and enjoy yourself when you’re not working. Unless you are genuinely passionate about your career, don’t sweat it. Don’t break your back worrying about a job that would replace you within a week if you dropped dead.
4. Don’t Take Anything Seriously, Seriously.
Unless you are performing open heart surgery or have the cure for cancer in your back pocket, lighten the fuck up. No matter what your job is, ask yourself if it will matter in 100 years? If not, giggle and let it go. The world won’t stop spinning if you miss a deadline or make a mistake. Breathe. It’s all good.
5. Ignorance Is A Choice.
Yes. It’s 2018. There is no excuse for ignorance or stupidity when we have more information on our phones than a public library. If you don’t understand something, research it. Pick up a book, scan the internet, question everything, especially the news. Be curious, ask questions and most of all, don’t be lazy. Educate yourself so the world can be full of kinder, more worldly individuals who know what they are talking about.
6. Laugh At Every Chance You Get.
Nothing beats a good belly laugh. Plus, it’s also extremely healthy. Laugh as often as you can. This goes straight back to the not taking anything seriously thing. Giggle more. It works wonders for the soul.
7. Get A Hobby.
The past year I have picked up the pen again (well, not the pen per se, but the keyboard anyway) and begun writing again. I’m attempting (slowly) to learn Italian, set a goal of reading a book a fortnight (mainly legal thrillers by John Grisham and captivating tales from Jeffrey Archer) and I’ve started thinking of ways to get some exercise in at least three times a week. Each year older I start realising how quickly time goes and how many amazing things are at my disposal to learn or try.
8. Read The News, Then Read It Again, And Then Research Some More.
Don’t take anything at face value. Just because the news tells you one thing, don’t take it as gospel. These news shows are run by multibillionaire white men and corporations with agendas. Don’t take it at face value. Look in to things. Read as much as you can and become your own private investigator for the truth. Just because a news show says something, doesn’t make it fact.
9. Read More.
Nothing opens up the heart and mind more than a good book. The excuse of not having enough time to read doesn’t cut it. Instead of watching an hour of Netflix, take an hour to open a good book. It’s good for the soul. Trust me.
10. Get A Pet.
YASSSSSSS. Get a dog. Then get another dog. And watch your garden be destroyed and things get eaten that really don’t fall into the category of food. In all seriousness though, dogs are extremely good for your health. They reduce stress and anxiety, boost happiness and are wonderful snuggle buddies. Adopt don’t shop! There are plenty of rescue animals in need of good homes.
11. Sometimes People Lie To You. It Sucks.
Yes. Sometimes the people you never in a bazillion years thought would lie to you, will do just that. I had an experience in recently with a friend that completely shifted my entire outlook on people in general. Sadly, some of the people you think you know are far from what you think. It sucks, yes, but once you acknowledge it, it slowly stops hurting. You can move on with your life when you realise that sometimes a wake-up call is all you need to realise that you’re better off without certain people in your life. And that’s totally ok.
12. Log Off. Often.
The age of social media is WONDERFUL for so many reasons. Keeping in contact with people, viewing beautiful content, learning things with a click and the hours and hours of streamable content are all fantastic reasons to use social media. But on the flip side, it can also be an information overload and I highly advise switching off, taking a break and leaving your phone somewhere away from you for a few hours. It can’t be healthy getting a constant stream of negative news 24/7. So unplug. Those cute puppy pics will be there when you get back.
I know, I know, YUCK. Exercise isn’t the most fun of activities, and I am the first to admit that. In fact, I’m fond of saying “I only run when chased”. But it’s completely and utterly true… Just a 40 minute walk around the lake near my house 3 times a week has improved my mood ten fold. I’ve suffered with depression, and anxiety for years, but exercise allows me to completely refresh and enjoy the day on a belly full of endorphins. Do it for the feeling you get, not to achieve some unattainable body (which as much as I would love to have one, is not going to make me a Men’s Health cover model).
I’ve started writing a journal of sorts. Not every day, but a couple of times a week. I use it to gain some perspective on things that are happening in my life. Plus, studies have shown that journalling is really healthy for the mind and soul. Grab a notebook and get doodling.
15. Take Photos.
If taking selfies is your thing, go for it. If taking pictures of trees, animals or the sunset gets you going, snap away. Taking photos is therapeutic for a number of reasons, but most of all it’s a lovely way to document your life with things to look back on. Use the camera on your phone, because most of the time, it’s sitting idly in your pocket.
16. Never Think You Know It All.
Question everything. Stay curious. Look into things and don’t dismiss stuff you know nothing about. Not only is it a really ugly personality trait, it gets you nowhere in life. Opening your mind and heart is a surefire way of experiencing life in all its’ beauty.
17. Go After What You Want In Life.
Jim Carey did a graduation speech about his father who never went after his dreams because he wanted to do the ‘safe thing’. Have a ‘stable’ career that would provide for his family. From memory, his father failed and lost everything in his ‘stable’ career. The moral being that if you are going to fail at something, at least let it be something you love, because the fact is it is just as possible to fail at something you hate. Give it a go. Life is too short to not go after what you want.
18. Get Over Yourself.
This is just a reminder to get over yourself, have a giggle and realise that just because you may have a fancy car, a nice suit or well manicured hands means absolutely sweet F.A. Being a good person, showing kindness, empathy and caring about the planet and human beings as a whole is what counts in my book. Just be a good person. It’s that simple.
19. Tell Your Loved Ones You Love Them And Don’t Go To Bed Angry.
Pretty self explanatory this one, but all the same, something to remember constantly. Life is far too short to go to bed angry at someone. Throw away silly arguments and tell the people you care about how you feel.
20. Screw What People Think Of You.
I mean it. Who cares what someone else thinks of you? That’s their stuff. How they perceive you and how they feel about you is none of your business. Water off a ducks’ back. Let it go.
21. Try Not To Worry So Much.
I know. Easier said than done, but sometimes it helps to take a step back, take a deep breath in and ask a few key questions: Can I do anything to change the current situation? If yes, do it. If not, let it go. Breathe through it and remember all we ever have is right in this moment.
22. Life is what you make it, but most of all it’s about love.
Love, family, friends and making memories is the most important thing in life. Every year on this earth I realise more and more how utterly stupid it is to worry about material things. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy material stuff whatsoever, but it shouldn’t be what you go after in life. Nobody ever gets to the end of their life clutching on to their Chanel bag. The things that matter are the people you love and the memories you make.
So go for a walk, take in the view, have a laugh and breathe in every moment of every day. It’s all we ever have.