Life is too short – is what we always say when we know someone close passes away. This month alone, we’ve already had miserable news of our legends joining the Heavens.
Gone too soon.
Earlier today, I was browsing through Facebook when I saw a friend’s status about his mom passing. He said that he has been counting how many “I Love Yous” he’s said to his mom. Unfortunately, it’s never enough. He hoped that he had said it as many times as possible. (Our prayers go out to your family).
Truthfully, death jolts us. Most of the time, we take it as a wake-up call to do something worthwhile.
The ultimate question is: How do we live our lives to the fullest in this lifetime full of uncertainties? How to become happy when we couldn’t even afford happiness or peace of mind?
Well, since we say that the BEST things in life are free, might as well give you something that’s not so hard to do and won’t require you to spend anything – except for some “time.”
Here are my 7 ways to live your life to the fullest, this year and beyond!
7. Let go of the negative and pretentious people
One thing I know is people can be the wind beneath your wings or an anchor to your boat. Time is essential. Don’t dwell on people who give you heartaches or full of negative vibes. Choose someone who is willing to lift you from the rut. Choose someone who wants to take a leap of faith with you. And definitely, let go of the people who are just pretending they need you.
So, choose (very) wisely. Therefore, if you know the person is not worthy of your time, let go. If s/he is cheating on you, the more you have to let go.
YOU deserve better.
6. Love Yourself First
Speaking of love, it is true all along that to find true love takes time. And, it will come naturally, when you’ve learned to love yourself. Back then, I thought loving myself first is the most selfish act a person can do. But, I thought wrong, especially when I became a mom. I reckoned being a more accommodating and delightful person when I have had my “me” time. Likewise, I encourage every parent to at least take the liberty to be away from the usual routine. If you can’t go out, wake up earlier than usual so you can have an hour of quiet time, reading time, or, even more, bathing time.
I found this accurate and partly the reason why I love cleaning the bathroom. (Source: Buzzfeed/Social Media)
5. Stop Trying To Fit In – Be Yourself!
Admittedly, I’m guilty of this. I tried to fit in just so I can feel loved or accepted. But, it doesn’t work that way. The more I tried, the more I got beaten. So, after letting go of the negative peeps and loving myself more, I stopped trying to fit in – and proclaimed that I’m uniquely made by the Lord. The Lord knows our the desires of our hearts. He wanted me to help people through my words and so I pushed harder to pursue my passion in writing. With the help of my wonderful family and friends, here I am, giving you “good read” type articles!
This wall got my attention when I visited the TaskUs office in BGC. I was surprised as this isn’t a typical call center. What I liked about them is they encourage people to be themselves. They believe that everyone is born to stand out!
And, I absolutely agree! Everyone is unique and everyone is entitled to be respected. So, stop trying to be someone you’re not, be ridiculously good!
4. Make Time
It was John Lennon who said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Hasn’t it been true for you? I’ll share an observation. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but, every time a family is complete or extra effort is being done only when someone passes away? Or a friend is already dying?
Why should we wait for those moments when you can call them now and say, “hey, let’s have coffee or beer?”
Don’t wait for something tragic to happen to notice that you haven’t been going out with your spouse, children, and friends.
You may visit Nuvali in Sta.Rosa Laguna. The place is not as far as it seems and with how low the petrol is now, you can absolutely afford to drive there. You and your family can enjoy Koi feeding, experience riding a boat, and more! Enjoy each moment.
3. Say, YES! Seize the Day!
For people who have legit partners, don’t argue or resist, just say yes! It is physically, emotionally, and mentally beneficial for both of you. You cannot be complacent with making love!
Read between the sheets or watch this hilarious musical parody of Fifty Shades of Grey!
2. Say, I LOVE YOU OFTEN
Need I say more?
1. Say, SORRY
I put this as my number one way to live life to the fullest. Because only a few can be remorseful. Only a few can accept defeat wholeheartedly. Only a few can say sorry. While saying sorry or admitting your mistake can’t bring back the moments, it will surely give you peace of mind.
Honestly, apologizing has mental and physical benefits. In fact, research shows that an act of apology – both giver and receiver – can tremendously decrease blood pressure and breathing is steadier. Don’t you just feel good when someone is brave enough to say sorry?
Don’t get me twisted as I cannot say sorry at times, too. I know I must practice what I preach, but I’m also weak. This is the reason why my partner and I argue most of the time – my not saying sorry even though, I’m at fault. However, I already improved from no sorry at all to at least once in a blue moon! :)
This is him all the time. :)
The Power of Prayer
Nothing beats the power of prayer. If you have a friend in doubt, trouble, or weary, pray for him or her. Check on your friends you haven’t spoken to for a long time.
While technology brings us closer, it also gives us the reason to set aside people – thinking we can always stay in touch by liking their statuses in Facebook or stunning images in Instagram. We think we can keep in touch by creating a chat room or secret group – make time to see each other personally! Even once a month. It’s a good feeling, trust me.
How about you, how do you live your life to the fullest? Let’s exchange thoughts in the comment section below!