Today just so happens to be my 27th birthday. 27thhhhhhhhhh-th-th-th. Whoa. When did I have time to live this much life!? Usually I’m not so reflective on my day of birth, but this year has me thinking a little bit more – I guess because I can’t believe I’ve arrived in my late 20′s. Had you asked me at age 17 (feels like minutes ago) what I would have thought I would be doing at age 27, my answer would have been completely different than what my reality is. And you know what? For the most part, I’m pretty pleased about that. I wanted to share 5 realizations I’ve had in the past 27 years that I solidly believe and abide by (including some pics from all those years!) and I think you should too! Here goes:
1. Life’s too short to match your socks. This might sound funny – and plenty of friends have laughed at me when I shared this bit of wisdom, but think about how much of your life you’ve probably spent already teeeeeeeeeeeediously matching your socks. (I’m so bored just thinking about it. EW.) And for what?! No one even sees them. STOP MATCHING AND GET YOUR LIFE BACK. You’re welcome.
2. Life’s too short to stay in a job you hate. Let me clarify – we all have to do things we don’t like or don’t want to do in life, (hello, like working at the Cheesecake Factory for 3 years. Those white uniforms. EW.) and sometimes those things can afford us the opportunity to pursue something we love, or provide building blocks to a better career. However, if you are spending 40 plus hours a week in a job you hate, doing something you don’t care about at all, it’s time to evaluate WHY?! A 40 hour work week equates to 2,080 hours a year – which is probably how you spend most of your time. Doing a job in a field you love or are passionate about makes life much more rich and satisfying. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be a better employee. People are motivated in their jobs by all sorts of things – passion, money, coworkers, environment, etc. Find out what drives and makes you happy and go for it!
3. Life’s too short to stay in a dead end relationship. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that they know a relationship isn’t going to work out, but that they can’t end it… “Valentine’s Day is coming up…” “We have a trip planned…” There’s no such thing as the perfect relationship, and there are many ways to work on and improve existing relationships, but staying in a relationship that isn’t healthy doesn’t serve either person. Oh, and staying in the relationship longer doesn’t make breaking it off any easier. The longer you’re with the wrong person, the longer it will be until you find the right one. This principle also applies to friendships. Toxicity isn’t good for your health!
4. Life’s too short to say you’ll do things someday. One of my favorite quotes says, “There is one simple thing wrong with you – you think you have plenty of time … If you don’t think your life is going to last forever, what are you waiting for? Why the hesitation to change? You don’t have time for this display, you fool. This, whatever you’re doing now, may be your last act on earth. It may very well be your last battle. There is no power which could guarantee that you are going to live one more minute.” That trip you’ve always wanted to go on? That hobby you’ve been wanting to take up? The apology you know you need to make? Think about your life thus far and how quickly it’s gone. Make it (whatever it is) happen!
5. Life’s too short to treat your body with anything other than the utmost respect. If y’all read this blog regularly, you know how much I love health and nutrition and how much it’s changed my life for the better. That’s not to say that I don’t indulge sometimes – because I definitely do, but keep in mind that your body has an expiration date. The way you’re treating your body now has a direct correlation to what your health will be down the road. All of us could change some habits for the better – stop and think about your future children and grandchildren. Most likely they’ll want you around for a long time. Think about how unhappy you’ll be and how much money you’ll have to spend if you get a preventable disease. Think about how much better you’ll feel and how much more agile you’ll be if you fuel your body with good nutrients and keep it strong with regular exercise. We only get one body – today is the day to start respecting that truth.
As I said earlier, I strongly believe in each of these principles (especially the sock matching one! ) and I try to live my life keeping in mind that we are not promised tomorrow. None of these concepts are revolutionary or groundbreaking, but at different times in my life each has resonated with me on a personal level. I’m not always 100% successful, but I attempt to live my life as someone who takes action now, instead of saying that I will someday. What are some things you’ve learned throughout the course of your life?