Life. Such a fascinating subject. How bizarre is it that we only get one life-time? Let’s just stop and think about that for a second. One life, approximately 80 years on average, to fill with good times and happy memories. One life to do everything that we want to do, to see everything we want to see and achieve everything we want to achieve. One life to make an impact. One life – and then, before you know it, it’s over. We should never forget that we only get one shot at this. This is no dress rehearsal. We should try to live everyday as if it’s our last, because we never know when it’s going to end. That being said, here are 5 sayings we should all live by, whilst we have the chance.
- “Life is what you make it.”
It’s true that you get out of life what you put into it. If you have dreams of becoming a doctor, but are too comfortable to quit your mundane 9-5 office job, then don’t expect to ever achieve those dreams. You have to work hard in order to get what you want. You have to be brave, you have to put yourself out there and you have to step out of your comfort zone – even if the thought of the unknown absolutely terrifies you – in order to accomplish the extraordinary.
- “If your dreams don’t scare you then they’re not big enough.”
What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Seriously, just take a moment to think about it. Would you go back to college, move across the country, or travel the world? If fear wasn’t a part of the equation, we’re convinced a lot of people would be taking different paths to the ones they’re currently taking. You mustn’t let fear stop you from living your life. Be mindful of the fact that the thought of doing something is usually worse than actually doing it, and try to adopt more of a positive mentality. It’s your life; you can do anything you want to do and be whoever you want to be.
- “YOLO (you only live once).”
This abbreviation may be relatively new, created by the younger generations of today, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less relevant. It ties in with the previous saying, and the fact that you must try to do everything you want to do whilst you’re physically able to do it. Don’t pass off opportunities in life that might not come around again. Grab them and embrace them while you can. You shouldn’t go out for your friend’s birthday because you have a class tomorrow? YOLO. You shouldn’t move all the way across town away from your friends and family just to give it a go with your partner? YOLO. You shouldn’t rent out your house so you can go teach young kids in Africa? YOLO. Take these chances, even if it’s not always the most sensible option, because what’s the worst that could happen?
- “If at first you don’t succeed, try again.”
Perhaps you really want that promotion at work, but your colleague has beaten you to it, or you were adamant you were going to pass your driving test, but you failed miserably. Either way, who cares? As long as you achieve your goal in the long run, then that’s all that matters. Keep yourself motivated, keep trying and keep telling yourself you will do it. Because you will. Failing at things builds character, encourages determination and makes the success taste that much sweeter when you eventually obtain it. Sometimes the journey counts for so much more than the final destination anyway.
- “All you need is love.”
Repeat after us, your career and making money isn’t everything. Sure, you must earn money to live. And having a career can be very rewarding and fulfilling. But, more often than not, the richest people in this world are the unhappiest. And vice versa. It’s the relationships in our lives that make life so much more meaningful. There’s nothing like spending time with the people you love, and who love you back. Love hard, and love like there’s no tomorrow, because you never know what the future holds. Remember to love above all else and look after other human beings. We are all equal, we are all a part of this world and we all matter.
Whatever you decide to do with your life, the most important thing is that you’re happy. Do the things that bring a smile to your face, as well as your loved ones’ faces, and don’t worry about trivial things that don’t matter. Life’s too short. And always remember, you’ve only got one life. So live it.