Life’s too short. Spend time with people you love and do things that make you happy.
Eat well & be well.
Whilst driving to work the other day I was having a sing along to some classic hits when Cher came on and in that oh so, so unique voice she has she was singing to me “If I could turn back time!” This then got me thinking about hindsight and how often people who are generally older then me say, “If only I knew this and that at your age Sarah!”
So here are a few life lessons I’ve learnt in my brief time which I would gladly pass onto my younger self.
When something isn’t changing or you’re stuck in a rut, nothing will change until you take action and do something about it.
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain
Even if this means pushing your own boundaries or risking it all I believe nothing is a mistake if you learn from it.
The past is the past – forget about it.
The past is the past don’t dwell on it, you can change it. The only thing you can control is what you do now.
The most important relationship you’ll ever have is your relationship with yourself.
How do you really know who you are, where you’re going or what you want to do if you don’t know yourself? You’re the only person who is going to be with you for the rest of your life. Getting to know you at a young age, having dreams and goals and knowing what is important to you is the most freeing experience anyone can have. It might be scary but I love know now why I do and don’t do certain things and why I react in certain ways. Real joy and contentment in life comes when you know yourself.
Listen to your Mum – she’s often right.
For as much as I might have rebelled and been quite disrespectful to Mum through my hormonal years she always gave me advice. I might not have taken it on board then but it all certainly comes back to you. Especially relationship advice!
Say yes more often.
The power in saying yes is amazing. Yes to catching up with friends, yes on going on trips, yes to that guy who asks you on a date. You get to meet knew people, establish networks and create amazing memories when you do more with your life. What else would you be doing – sitting on the couch?
Go easy on yourself.
Life’s a journey. Enjoy it. Enjoy the people who come into your life. Learn from them. Just because society believes you should have a partner, buy a house, get married and have kids by a certain time in your life doesn’t mean you have to!
If you could give your teenage self some advice – what you tell them?
Eat well & be well.
Yesterday whilst browsing my facebook news feed one of the friends had posted this interesting article that was published in the U.K
I found it quite an interesting read as a family member of mine (who I’ll call B) also works with people who are terminally ill and since working with them their outlook on life has completely changed. It is quite inspiring to see now how they live their life. There now is no nonsense, they have no time for people who are negative or for petty little things that seem to consume people lives now. They surround themselves by people who interest them and that they can actually learn something off, a notion that I now also appreciate. They now know what they want out of life and what makes them happy.
I often wonder and feel sorry for people who reflect on their lives and seem unfulfilled. What would they have done different? Do they have any regrets?
I know I am often hesitant in somethings in life and that is often because of a fear – A fear of what might the consequences be? What will people think? What if I fail?
You have to do the things in life that make you happy, you have to have courage and surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Whenever I need a reinforcement to live life I phone my family member and talk about their day and it often brings a smile to my face and brings me back to living in the now. In reality that’s all we have. We never know what the day brings so when I wake up I often think “If this was my last day how would I want to live it?.. I know I would want to be happy, not let little things e.g. people cutting me off in traffic get to me, I would be nice to people and I would tell people how much they mean to me or give people complements I know that will make them happy.
People often have a fear of dying and don’t like to think of it in their future plans but as B has said to me, “People don’t start actually living their lives until they realise they are going to die.”
Make the most of your day amigos, don’t let fears hold you back from anything and I hope you able to reflect back and think ‘Yer I lived a good life.’
Currently I’m reading one of Lance Armstrong’s autobiographies and a quote I’ll leave you with is from Chris Carmichael directed towards Lance before winning his first tour of France when he was contemplating quitting cycling, “I’ve never seen you afraid of anything, but if you ask me, you’re afraid of trying.”