Caught up in a fast-paced lifestyle that you are not too sure why you are living? Take a moment to figure it out.
- Life As We Know It
For most of us life is pretty mundane. You were born, went to school, gained some knowledge, got a job, worked….. worked…… and worked a little more. Some chose to have a family while others found commitment too taxing. Irrespective of the outcome, many of us continued with the same wake up-work-party/relax-sleep kind of lifestyle. And then, when we are old and grey and begin reflecting on life, we realise how much we have really missed out on. The top ten regrets in no particular being:
- Not spending enough time with family
- Giving up on love too easily
- Not speaking your mind
- Not going for that dream job
- And the dream house
- Never resolving a conflict
- Not saving up enough
- Not being true to yourself
- Not staying in touch with with friends
- Choosing to be unhappy (weird but true!)
- The Problem
We are so obsessed with society’s opinion on things that we sometimes fail to pay attention to what is important to us. The truth is simple, we have a hard time being ourselves and find it easier being someone that others want us to be. We are caught up in the past and the future that we fail to enjoy the present moment. We tend to ignore what can make us happy and focus on what bothers us.
- Life As It Should Be
Pleasurable! Life shouldn’t be about existing, it should be about LIVING! It shouldn’t be about regrets and negativity. It should be about enjoying every moment like its your last. It should be about taking chances. It should be about doing the things that make you happy. And most of all, it should be about making a difference. Waking up should be a joyful experience, working should be fun, enjoyment should be pure and relaxation is supposed to bring you closer to yourself.
And then one day when you are old and grey and you look back on the days gone by, the life you have lived should make you smile 🙂
Photo by: Andrew
We make such a huge deal of everything around us. The smallest of things upset us and almost everyone seems to be getting in our way. I also realized that the relationships we have with others, be it our friends, parents, siblings or maybe our significant other are more than often stressed.
After a lot of thinking and probably a little divine inspiration I have come to conclude that the problem is not others but ourselves. If we ever took the time to look at a situation from someone else’s point of view, we would probably be able to realize that anger and frustration are not always necessary to express ourselves.
So, before you let your tongue lose, remember:
- There are two sides to every story.
- And its not necessary that only one of them can be right
- Decide what is more important: the relationship or being right
- Will it all even matter a few weeks or months from now?
- If your answer is no, then why waste your time and energy
And did you know that apart from arguing there are many other options?
- Admitting your mistake
- Taking timeout to coolly analyze the situation
- Or by staying true to yourself but at the same time admitting that the other person has a valid point.
Life really doesn’t have to be about exploding everytime someone says or does something you don’t approve of. Rather life is all about learning and understanding why people do the things they do.
This post has been inspired by Marc and Angel Hack Life.