Have at least one strong belief which nothing can shake. It could be your God, a metaphysical presence, Mother Nature, your own capabilities or just a thought as simple as ‘It’s all going to be fine.’ Something that you can cling on to when you are lonely, scared, heartbroken, or at rock bottom. Faith that will help you pull through the rough times, and make you feel grateful for all the happy times.
2. MAKE YOUR OWN CHOICES
You have limited resources – limited time, limited money, limited energy, limited patience, heck – even limited time on this planet. Choose how you want to use these resources. Would you rather spend time worrying about what others think of you or building a skill-set that will help you get the job you have always wanted? Would you rather live by your own checklist or someone else’s? Know that you are lucky enough to have choices at all. And then use the privilege to choose wisely.
3. LIVE LIFE MAXIMIN STYLE
Maximize your experiences and friends circles, minimize the number of things you own and long for. The goal should be to surround yourself with more people and fewer things.
4. BE CONSIDERATE
Because everyone you meet is fighting a battle that is harder than they let show. Yes, be considerate even to the fake people. Like everyone else, they are just trying to fit in.
5. WELCOME CHANGE. NEVER SETTLE
Never be complacent. Push yourself and never run away from risk (I am not saying you should go out right now and jump off a plane, although that would be cool too). Don’t hesitate to give life all you’ve got. Don’t be afraid of change – old things have to give way to new things. Remember that fall follows spring and spring follows fall.
6. BE TRUTHFUL
To yourself, if not to anyone else. Always know what you are doing and why. It is okay to feel jealous, possessive, angry, mean, offended, let-down, defensive, offensive or to forget. We are all human. But acknowledge it and deal with it the right way. Be able to link your thoughts, feelings and actions.
7. BE GENEROUS
You are not taking anything with you when you go. Be generous with what you have. Sponsor a child’s education, or a meal. At the very least, be generous with your love, time and knowledge. Leave the world a little better, or at least as good as you found it.
8. HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR
It makes life so much more fun!