Things I Tell Myself (Bits & Pieces of Wisdom #1)

  • It is okay to be anti-social sometimes. Solitude keeps you sane.
  • You are not a failure unless you don’t try. The probability of achieving something without an attempt is nil.
  • Take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that cross your path. But if you decide not to or it doesn’t work out, don’t regret it; other doors will open up.
  • Change, once in a while, is good. In fact, it’s inevitable, so you might as well go with it.
  • Live fearlessly. You’ve already accepted the fact that everyone dies, so what else is there to be afraid of?
  • Life is too short to be unhappy, but that doesn’t mean you won’t go through plenty of ups and downs.
  • Mistakes are part of human nature, but make the same mistake too many times and it becomes a conscious choice.
  • Life isn’t fair and justice isn’t always served, but that doesn’t give you the right to complain. Instead, do your part to right the wrongs in the world.
  • Don’t go looking for love, but when it finds you, embrace it without hesitation.
  • Sometimes, you have to let go. What’s past is past.
  • Don’t sell yourself short. You are much, much better than your worst opinion of yourself.
  • Have confidence in yourself and your dreams. If you don’t believe in yourself, don’t expect life to magically produce your desires.
  • Aim high and bounce back up with even greater determination each time you fall. Go above and beyond because really, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish.
  • Be patient. Time is both a burden and a blessing; it heals and it breaks, but it won’t stop for anyone.
  • Procrastination can’t always be avoided, but it’s up to you how to spend your time. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.
  • Every new experience teaches you a lesson, even if you don’t realize it at the time.
  • You never stop learning. You may not be able to apply all the things you learn in school to your practical life, but it teaches you how to think, and that gets you pretty far.
  • Appreciate life and its simple, sometimes forgettable, details that have slipped into the normalcy of everyday life. The sun, the ocean, the trees… the Internet.
  • Love yourself – your appearance, your mind, your personality. Strive to be the best version of yourself, and be unapologetic about who you are.
  • Smile. A lot. You can still laugh at jokes you think are funny even if no one else does. Don’t take things too seriously.
  • Morals > Rules
  • Don’t worry. It doesn’t change any outcome for the better and only creates stress and anxiety, both of which you can do without.
  • Be empathetic. We are all human beings and we go through many of the same emotions. No one is superior or inferior when it comes to how human we are.
  • You don’t need to figure out the meaning of life to live it well. Just make sure you are fully here to experience it and not stuck in dreamland.
  • Try on multiple perspectives. What you see one day might change in a week.
  • Keep your mind open to new ideas. Stay firm in what you believe, but don’t be narrow-sighted.
  • Be an idealist, optimist, and a realist, but never a pessimist. The complexity of life is not determined by our situations but by how we handle them.
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