We all know that we have a limited number of years on this Earth. This can seem like a tragedy. In some ways, it is. But it can also be immensely freeing. The more you think about it (although this can be a heavy subject,) the more freedom it can grant you. It helps you realise that life really is too short to deal with issues that aren’t worth worrying about.
In that way, this dreadful fact can become a real ally and asset, as it helps you stop worrying about the silly issues you can forget about and instead start thinking about what really matters. All of us could do with this kind of shaking once in a while. It makes sense.
But how is this best expressed? Just what is life too short for? And how can you keep this understanding to heart to help you try and live the life you most want to enjoy? We would recommend the following advice to help you get there:
Stop Justifying Everything
Many of us are just so worried about what others think that we bend over backwards to try and justify things, to ourselves and to others. To some extent, this is a good thing. It helps us act normally and in peace with those around us. But it can also become limiting very quickly. For example, you might wish to have some cosmetic work done, your teeth whitened, or LipoTherapeia to help your confidence grow and to address an issue you feel insecure about. This would be a quick, easy and simple thing to book, experience and recover from. But people can wait years to pluck up the courage for fear of social reprisal, or because they think it will change their relationship to themselves. But if it’s something you really want, you shouldn’t have to jump through all of these hoops to get there. Stop justifying everything, at least to such a high standard. You would likely feel your mental health improving from just that minor effort.
We can often find ourselves falling into negativity quite easily, too. It might be that someone in our social circle is always putting us down, or perhaps we find it very hard to celebrate and congratulate ourselves when we achieve something. Please, take this as your opportunity to stop that negativity and instead focus on something else that will sustain you. If you can do this, then you can subvert that wasted time in negativity and focus on constructing or building something important to you. This is not a wasted effort. It makes a difference, and it can truly revivify your mindset. For that reason, we would recommend you pay attention to your mind and the directions it leads.
Go For It!
We often think that our dreams are some kind of unsustainable ideal. But you can achieve them. But be realistic. For example, if you’re 5’1, you won’t be playing in the NBA anytime soon. But you might be able to play in a minor league and still get great at the sport. This is a strange example, but it shows that if your dreams are scalable and realistic, you should go for it. What else is better to do with your time?
With these tips, we hope you’ll feel better able to make the most of life. It is too short, after all.