Do you love your life? That’s a hard question to answer. If life is a puzzle of moments, then you can definitely say that you love some parts of it. But if you take your life as a whole…There are days when your life is not good enough. Sometimes you think you could do better if you’d made different decisions in the past. Sometimes you have this annoying feeling that life is passing you by. It’s hard to love something that is passing you by, right?
Believe it or not, it is possible to adore your life and there are people who are totally in love with their lives. Why is that important? Arthur Rubinstein said that if you love life, life will love you back. Follow 5 simple steps and you’ll see – loving your life is easier than you think.
Step 1. “Love the One You’re With”That line from Stephen Stills song became one of hippie’s favorite rules of life (and those guys knew how to enjoy it to the fullest). So what you should really do is to surround yourself with people you love and get away from unnecessary people. Yes, you can’t get rid of anyone who’s annoying, but you can limit the time you spend with the wrong people. Ask yourself a question – if today was the last day of your life who would you like to spend it with? Having dinner with a boring boss and nervous business partners? Chatting with your former cheerleader classmate you haven’t seen in ages? Or maybe you’d prefer to spend this time with a glass of wine and good friends who are always there for you? That’s what I am talking about. It’s always your choice, and you should choose the right people. Surround yourself with your dearest friends, those, who really care about you. The moments, spent with friends and family will definitely add value to your life.
Step 2. Take care of your healthYou can’t enjoy your life if you are sick. Even if it’s temporary sickness, like flu, you fall out of life good cycle for several days, spending time in bed and dreaming/hoping that it will finally be over. Serious health problems spoil your life even more, of course. It doesn’t mean that if you are not healthy you should hate your life. It means that you are in charge of your health and by taking good care of yourself you increase your happiness rate. Everyone knows that exercising eliminates stress, boosts your confidence, and balances your hormones. Healthy diet also does wonders for your overall mood. So why don’t you start loving your life with a morning run and a glass of fresh juice?
Step 3. Be a free spirit Set yourself free. From judgments of people you don’t care about. From unnecessary obligations. From the feeling of guilt or embarrassment or envy, which poison our life. Try not to rush and let yourself relax. There is so little freedom in the modern world. Just think about it – we are dependent on technologies, of society, of our daily routine. Forget about others, and what they think or say about you. Forget about liking, sharing and taking photos. For the first time in your life think what you want to do and do it. You will fall in love in this new free-spirited life.
Step 4. Do what you like, like what you doEasier said than done. However, it’s a huge misconception that everyone hates their jobs and work only to earn a living. I will even cite Confucius here (if it won’t sound too pretentious): ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ Well that’s true and in the modern world of possibilities it is a real aim. The problem is not that you can’t get any job you want. The real problem is that you don’t know what you want. You should analyze your priorities and goals and decide — is your job choice correct? If you had a chance to do anything, what would you do? Maybe, answering this question will change your life forever. I know a woman who gave up her career in marketing to do what she really loves — to create hand-made leather purses. And you know what? She loves her life more and more every day since then.
Step 5. Keep innovating yourselfHave you ever noticed that intelligent people never get bored? If you develop yourself you will enjoy yourself no matter what. Your brain will be too busy to think what you are not satisfied with. Improving yourself – your skills, your character, your will – you will improve your quality of life. You will deserve better, want more from life, and sooner or later get what you deserve. There are so many ways of self-development today that it is more like a hobby than an obligation – read books, listen to audio lectures, go to literature club, take online programming courses… Even half an hour a day will make difference, and you will find so many new reasons to love your life.
And remember – you’ve got only one life to live and to love. Don’t waste your time!
‘Life isn’t a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, latte in the other, the body thoroughly used up and totally worn out and your screaming ‘Woohoo WHAT A RIDE’!