Just some food for thought. Take it or leave it, world.

30 11 2010

If you get the time/chance to travel, do it. You can start that IRA next month, or next year. The things you experience while seeing the world are invaluable and will be with you for the rest of your life.

Gymming is a necessary evil. Think about, have you ever left the gym thinking, “Man, I feel like shit for going to the gym today, I wish I wouldn’t have worked out.”

Tattoos. “Well, what if I’m 90 and all wrinkly…” Yeah, we’ve all argued this one. But what says you are going to live to the age of 90, or even 50 for that matter?  Who says we get that long on this earth? And so what if you have a mermaid on your forearm?? It’s YOUR arm, YOUR body, and it’s your right to express whatever you want it. It’s another thing that makes you unique. However, I’m going to caveat this with the fact that every tattoo should have a special memory or story behind it, or a good reason for getting it on your body for the rest of your life.

8 sleep 8 work 8 play

Never stop learning. Educate yourself in any way you can. Read, take classes, meet new people.

Stay in touch with your friends and family. They are who got you where you are today.

Set good examples. You’re going to be a parent someday. You know where I’m going with this one.

Don’t hold grudges. Being bitter gets you nowhere and takes up too much of your time and energy. Just let it go.

Volunteer. It will make someone’s day, and it will make your heart grow. Along that same line are random acts of kindness. We all talk about karma, but fuck karma, just do something nice for someone every once in a while. Open the door for someone, stop and talk to a stranger that looks like they’re having a bad day, show up to work a little early to relieve the watchstander, smile at that nerdy guy in the hallway. Also, don’t expect kindness from anyone, if you expect it then you give them the power to let you down. Humans are good at this.

Appreciate shit. That day that you have an extra 20 mins on your hands, sit back and think about all the things in your life that have happened and how you got where you are. I know for me the stars must have aligned for me to be in the place I am today. I am not the best person, nor have I offered favors to very many people. I know I don’t deserve what I have, but I sure as shit know that I am thankful for every opportunity I have been given.

Don’t procrastinate. It doesn’t help any situation.

Learn from other’s mistakes. If we don’t learn from our history we are bound to repeat ourselves..blah blah blah. But seriously, if we watch what our peers are doing and failing at, we can learn not to fail in the same avenues that our lives offer. And also, take the pieces you like about people and use them for yourself.

Smile.

Listen. Being a good listener is pivotal to any relationship. Friends, family, all of the above. If you think you’re talking too much, you are.

Be punctual. Nothing’s more annoying than having a friend who is unreliable. Don’t be that person.

Be patient. They say it’s a virtue. And it is. This is something we all struggle with when there are children that are annoying as shit behind us in the movie theatre, or loud obnoxious people in your vicinity, etc. Be patient. Do it.

Tolerate others. This is a dewsie, but it is necessary.

No regrets. Don’t look back. Everything that’s happened to you has happened for a reason one way or another. Bad experiences, terrible events, wonderful memories, this all forms your history which is what has made you YOU.

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
— Marilyn Monroe

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