It is no small feat to survive another 365 days. People are murdered, hit by cars, commit suicide, slip and fall, die expectantly or of natural causes.I lived for two decades, which means I have done some maturing and have some pieces advice I would like to share with you.
Here they are:
1. Document Your Life
There is no way that you are going to remember everything that occurs in your life, so write it down! Try to set a goal of writing in a journal or diary at least once a week or daily. Even if you just take a few seconds to jot down a few thoughts you will reap great benefits. A journal or diary allows you to reflect on where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. Especially when you are able to read about what you did and how you felt a year ago. The Huffington Post released an article that outlines 26 reasons why you should keep a journal.
2. Set Goals For Yourself
Setting goals in life is more than extremely important. Time stops for no one and it moves quickly. You do not want your life to pass you by, so take sometime to think about what you want to accomplish within the next year. What is it that you want to do? I like to set and update my goals in three-month intervals. For example one of my goals is to find an internship for the summer. Make a list of goals, give yourself a reasonable amount of time to complete each goal, and start working hard. Forbes has a great article on goal setting.
3. Love Yourself
This is something that people tend to struggle with, but once you begin genuinely loving who you are your entire life will change. You will feel more confident, you’ll be happier; you’ll begin interacting with people differently, and you will have a stronger command over your life. It begins with your internal dialogue. Do you talk to yourself in a loving manner? Or are you always saying negative things to yourself? Whenever you think, why me? Ask yourself, why not me? Everyone who is successful in life did not get where they are today, because they thought they couldn’t do it. Show your authentic self to the world without fear and do what makes you smile. Love is a verb as well, so you have to treat your body like you love it. This means no drinking and smoking every chance you get, because you are killing your body from the inside out. Be you and love whoever that is.
4. Don’t Take Life Too Seriously
I’m not saying scream YOLO and throw everything to the wayside. I am telling you to have fun, because everyone dies in the end! The last thing you want to do is be in your 60s and regret things you didn’t do in your 20s.
In youth we learn; in age we understand – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach