A guide to Living
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did. – Mark Twain
I understand that life can sometimes feel like it’s on autopilot. Same old routine, nothing out of the ordinary. It may kill the adventurer spirit in you, and make the rest of life feel like something that needs to be done instead of something that is to be enjoyed. I was sick for some time, and during the few days of sickness, I have truly come to realize how important it is to remain healthy. It was hard to enjoy being alive, or enjoy anything at all when the body aches and wishes only for stillness and rest. It made me see how hard it is for people who have sickness every day because living life is cut short. I’ve come up with a short guide to truly living in a very extraordinary yet simple way, and it all starts in the mind.
- Your Health:
Yes, let’s back it up to what I previously said. Health is important. Take care of yourself, you are precious and life is less of an experience in sickness. Life exists through you, and if are not there to receive it, it won’t be much of a joyous experience. Make sure to listen to your body, and give it what it needs. Eat things our ancestors did. Change up your diet, go Paleo, Vegan, or Vegetarian. It starts from the inside. Trust me, if you think you feel good, you can feel better just by changing up those simple things. I know when I ate fruits for breakfast I’d go on a high and laugh and feel so good that the world looked pure magic. The strangers around me looked huggable. When you’re happy, everyone is too.
- Put the Phone away
It creates urgency. When you sit somewhere and feel the urge to pull your phone out, don’t. Look around, see the world around. Learn something new, become part of a conversation. Trust me, the phone can wait but life goes on. I notice how much my mind rushes when after using my phone. I cannot sit still let alone enjoy anything without waiting for something exciting to happen. My phone has stimulated my brain so much that ordinary life became too slow. Real things take time, so enjoy it. My Professor said that if text messaging was to be tended to right after you receive it, it’d be a phone call. You don’t have to answer right away.
- Take a new Route
Go to work, school, or home a new way. Who knows what you’ll see. Make it an adventure, get excited for it. You’ll only see it just the way it is once, and can you imagine? YOU are privileged enough to experience that particular moment. Swim in all the feelings you get.
- Yes, SEE that sunset.
I used to drop everything and go outside for the sunset. It’s my favorite part of the day. The sky becomes beautiful colors and day becomes night. It’s as if the world is going like, “Hey, here is my little gift for you.” The world just gives and gives, and every day we get to experience that beautiful moment of it exhaling in colors. Stay out for the whole of it and think or stop thinking altogether. Just be. Lose yourself, who knows you might find yourself more beautiful.
- At least once, see the sunrise.
The world opening up like a flower, waking up millions to start their day off on the right foot. It takes a few moments for the darkness to turn to something bright. Now that is what being alive is for.
- Take a breath and be as still as you can be.
There is no thought, pure joy. Just take a breath and be still.
- Find little things that smark joy and happiness.
When you find something special, make sure to give it your full attention.
- Go to places with lots of people and find comfort that you are part of this big family. See the strands that connect us through laughter, contact, and love.
- Go to a quiet place alone or with someone you can be alone with, and just sit. You can even turn on one of those really calm and chill songs, like “The Night we Met” by Lord Huron.
10. Learn to cry and laugh, and don’t be afraid to do it. If you feel like doing it, do it. What’s so horrible about expressing your emotions? You don’t want to leave that bottled up inside, even if it’s joy, it can become poison.
- Realize how human we are. How tiny, vulnerable and fragile we are. Don’t forget to see the strength though. See the beauty of life stitched inside you and then realize you are life, and all you need to live it is to see you and then see the world. It’s all the same; indescribably, breathlessly, and effortlessly beautiful.
In the end, truly living is about being present in every moment.