“Life is a fast and scary roller-coaster, but at least we all have tickets to the theme park”
This is just a list of 20 pieces of advice for going about life. It is purely how we like to approach life and fully appreciate that it won’t suit everyone!
Your health is the most important thing
Look after your body, drink regularly and eat right, make sure you keep your body balanced. Food gives you the energy to be YOU.
People have an impact on you more than you’ll ever think they could
Heading out into the big bad world can feel lonely and connections with people will help you stay in touch with yourself and your feelings. Don’t be too disheartened if someone gets you down, if they actually meant it they probably aren’t worth making time for.
Get out as much as happily possible!
Fresh air is a blessing, living in a city has made us appreciate the hell out of country air. It’s SO okay to have lazy days, biscuit-sofa days and TV days but getting out of the house/apartment/garage/car/office can give you a whole new outlook on your day.
Don’t be Try not to be shy
We appreciate that some people are naturally shy and that being around other humans can be an anxiety-inducing experience. However, you can choose the people you surround yourself with, so try to spend your time with those who have a positive influence on you. Being 100% yourself and not caring what other people think is a huge challenge, but one that’s definitely worth taking on.
Money isn’t everything
Do try and keep tabs on how much you spend, but don’t forget to treat yourself now and again. Splashing out on yourself can be a great way to reward weeks of good budgeting and frugal thinking. When it comes to savings, Katie is a bit of a worrier so she always makes sure there’s a “just-in-case fund” should anything go wrong while travelling. That might work for you, or you might be entirely comfortable going away without an emergency fund, find what works for you.
Be prepared but not too prepared
Keep expectations small but ideas and dreams big! People and places aren’t always what they are cracked up to be or what you expected so keep an open mind, explore and you’ll find a paradise you never imagined could exist.
Keep track of where you’ve been and what you’ve done
And try not to delete photos! Here’s why: every silly, stupid and/or fun memory that you keep can bring endless mirth (often at your expense) later on. If you find a place that you fall in love with, take a picture. If you meet someone that makes you smile, write about them. It’s easy to forget things, even if you think they are unforgettable, but a short diary entry could be enough to take you back to that place in time.
Don’t be scared to try new things
If you didn’t like something, that’s a lesson learned. To use the phrase ‘you never know unless you try’ – give everything a go, as long as it is within your moral comfort zone, and you’ll really make the most of the places you travel to.
Stand up for yourself
It’s easy to be swallowed up in this world, but nobody should ever force you into doing something you don’t want to do. Close friends and loved ones can be supportive and will often have your back, those are people you should always keep by your side. However, the only person you can ever truly rely upon is yourself, so it’s important to develop the confidence to defend yourself in any situation you may find yourself in.
Simple rule and pretty easy too! As previously mentioned, you shouldn’t be afraid to be selfish in life, but never at the cost of other peoples’ happiness. Treat someone how you would like to be treated and yes, some people can be
moody assholes unpleasant but try to give them the benefit of the doubt, everyone has their own story. It’s not easy to please everyone but the people you do please will usually appreciate it.
Don’t take life too seriously
This is probably my most important rule and oftentimes the hardest to follow. Life can be massively overwhelming if you pause to consider some of its facets, the suffering & inequality in the world (even in our society) for instance. These issues should never be far from your mind and it is good to spend time thinking about ways to make the world a more fair place. However, the world is also your playground, so try to make the most of the good bits. Focusing too much on one thing can leave you feeling confused, so immerse yourself in different experiences and get a fresh perspective on life whenever you can.
Plan the exciting bits
We are one for spontaneity but sometimes it’s refreshing to plan things for the future. Whether it’s days, weeks or months ahead. GET EXCITED ABOUT SOMETHING!
Don’t be your own kill-joy
Being yourself is difficult in today’s society. No matter who you are, you are under pressure to conform to stereotypes and this can severely affect your day-to-day mood. Freeing yourself from these stereotypes can make you a happier person. Try to do more of the things that make you happy, even if they aren’t what people would expect of you.
Take each day as it comes
This is so important. Yesterday will not be the same as today and tomorrow probably won’t be as bad as you fear it will. Even if it is, there’s little you can do about it and being proactive and holding your head high is the best way to feel in control of tough situations.
Be in control of your own life
Beating yourself up for mistakes you have made will never lead you to a good place. Another way to look at things is to accept that everything you do adds to who you are – each memory, good or bad, moulding you into the human you are today. This can help you feel much more in control, and free up time you would have otherwise spent lamenting past experiences.
Don’t take things for granted
Being thankful is something we should practice more often, not simply on isolated days in the calendar year. We often neglect to thank loved ones for the support they show – the simple act of sending a message to someone you care about letting them know how much you appreciate them could be just the thing that puts on a smile on their face. Kindness begets kindness.
Reconnect with mother nature
We are so blessed to be able to gaze upon the mountains, rivers and stars in the sky. Take a moment when you see these things and think about how they came to be. It takes years for beautiful things to grow.
Smiling is contagious
Last but not least, one of our favourite things to do each day. Smiling! And yes, it is contagious! Smile at someone passing by on the street – it doesn’t matter if they didn’t smile back, you probably made them think they should have. Smiling is a curve that sets a lot of things straight, it’s the universal sign of happiness and acceptance…we shouldn’t have to sell a smile any more than that.