I think that there is a power to the way we walk through life, taking bits and pieces from one another, offering them so willingly, and knowingly. We never really expect much in return, but that we have those people to fall back on when it’s all a little too much to carry.
The people I have stumbled upon in life have taught me many truths; these small snippets of information that go overlooked, but are undoubtedly a construct in my day to day passings. Maybe it was you who taught me this, or maybe I read it somewhere, but these are the things that I hold on to steadfastly, and maybe you do too.
- Love yourself; this one is the easiest to understand, but the hardest to achieve. I don’t think I genuinely appreciated my own self-worth until more recently, but loving yourself comes with courage, and an understanding. You can spend a lot of time comparing, and listing all your short comings, but it’s a lot easier to thank yourself for what you’ve accomplished, and the simple things that your body and your mind are capable of. With loving yourself, comes the capacity to love others, in a selfless and hopeless way.
- Eat the last cookie; yes, I don’t care that you’ve been careful with your diet, or you’ve “limited” yourself to having just one. No one will care that you’ll eat one more, and you’ll stop that whole craving mindset that you wanted-the-last-cookie-and-then-deprived-yourself-of-it. Never deny yourself something you love, even if it is a cookie.
- Pick up the phone; when your family calls, when your friends call, when anyone calls. Because how often do people call you anymore? I’d say ignore the texts, but when someone takes the time to give you a ring, answer it- you’ll be glad you did.
- Admit when you’re wrong; because that fight you’re about to go through with someone really isn’t worth it. Ironically, we most likely tend to fight with the people we love the most, and it brings out the ugliest sides of ourselves; so swallow your ego, your pride, whatever it is, and just say you’re sorry, and move on. You’ll save yourself a lot of wasted emotion, and the three days of silent treatment.
- Revenge is NOT an answer; there, I said it. I don’t care what the other person did, but if you plan on seeing yourself in the better light, just keep on walking.
- Be passionate; whatever you are doing with your life, be
goodthe best at it. Invest that time, and money, no matter how ludicrous- if you love it, it’s worth it.
- You set the limits; I think we often underestimate ourselves, and I know I am guilty of this. Don’t set a definitive line in the sand, only to “surprise” yourself by surpassing it. Be limitless, be infinite- this is what separates you from them.
- Expectations; have them. For you, for others, for your life. This doesn’t make you “snobby”- this means you know what you want, and that settling is not an option. It’s okay to be opinionated; the best minds were never the sane minds.
- Quality over quantity; on friends. People will walk in and out of your life continually, some people stay a while, and some people are just passing by. Pick the ones that cheer you on at your lowest, and they’ll be there at your highest.
- Give; love, laughter, hugs, smiles, knowledge, kindness, understanding, hands to hold, ears to listen and kisses. You can never give enough of these things; they are the best gifts, both to give and to get.
- Love others; strongly and fiercely. Like all those that love you, love them just the same, or even a little more. Because it’s okay to love a lot, maybe there’s never enough love, but may we never find out.
Call them truths, opinions, or statements. But invest in them and remember them; because from this I’ve learned, comes everything.
Much Love, Miranda