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I hate to say this, but most of us are sucking at life. Too few of us are being as awesome as we could be. Some days, I suck at life less than others...but yeah, life is a work in progress.
So, if I'm so busy sucking at life, why do I consider myself qualified to tell you how to stop sucking and start being awesome?
Well, because I think that most of us know what we have to do intuitively...but we just don't. We either don't want to fail, or try, or leave our comfort zones, or would rather remain blissfully unaware of what could be if only...
So, while you may know some of these things already, it's a friendly reminder to you (and myself) to stop sucking so much and start being awesome!
1. Stop sabotaging yourself!
Seriously. Stop it! Everyone is guilty of this. Humans are insanely good at rationalizing their behavior. Whether you keep sabotaging your efforts to lose weight, save money, watch less reality tv...whatever it is. Stop sabotaging yourself. We are stronger than we think. We won't die if we swap an hour of tv for an hour of reading. We won't die if we swap soda for water. We won't die if we swap brand name for generic. One big trap in this, is telling ourselves that "we deserve this". I worked hard/exercised/did laundry...I don't know, pick your thing. We tell ourselves that it's ok to do the thing we know we shouldn't because we did a tiny thing that was good for us. Tell yourself that what you deserve is to be good to yourself, to be healthy, happy, and financially secure. I've been trying to lose 10 lbs for 6 months. I could have done it if I really tried. But, if I'm being honest about it; have I exercised regularly? No. Have I "rewarded" myself with treats I didn't need? Yes. Does this make me a terrible person? No. But are these habits helping me to thrive and be the best and happiest person I can be? No. The answer is no.
2. We don't truly care enough about others
We're not monsters who don't care about the horrible things going on out in the world. I know most of you are compassionate people, who hate to see others in pain. Many of you volunteer or give to charity, but what are we doing on a daily basis to help others? Sharing a post about atrocities in the world isn't as impactful as we may think. Remember that Kony 2012 thing? People, myself included, shared it and thought we were doing our part to stop this terrible person. In reality, we did very little other than to make ourselves feel good for a few minutes. He's still out there doing terrible things, and the collective "we" are doing very little to help those who really need it. Now, I'm not saying that you and I should get our boots on and go to Uganda to stop him ourselves. Is that a noble idea? Yes. Is it a stupid one? Also, yes. If we all spent a little time everyday to do something nice for someone else, or used the amazing knowledge and energy for good, that would make the world suck a lot less. FEWER SELFIES- MORE SELFLESSNESS
3. Stop giving up on your dreams
If your 8 year old self could see you today, do you think they'd be happy with where you are in life? If the answer is yes, then you are rocking at life! If the answer is no, then you're like most people. I've said this at least a dozen times on this blog, and it's in part because it's what scares me the most; we only get one life to live, don't screw it up! Dream it dreamer! Go after the things you want. You'll have so many more regrets about the things you never tried than the things you tried to do and failed at. And don't give up the first time you fail. Being crappy at something is the first step to being awesome at something. Dream like you're 8 again. I'm so afraid of going through life, getting to my last moments and regretting not living life to the fullest. I want to experience every single thing I can. Start making opportunities for you to fail at things. You may find something that you love that you never knew you would.
4. Stop wasting your gifts
An Iphone 5s has 1,000 times the computing power as the guidance system that landed on the moon in 1969. This is just a bit of perspective of the vast number of resources that are at our fingertips. There are few excuses these days for not being able to do something. If you're reading this, than you are part of only 40% of the word's population that has internet access. Now, I love a good cat video as much as the next person, but we could be doing more...a lot more. Chances are if you're reading this, you have the freedom, education, and resources to do just about anything as long as you put your mind to it. So put your mind to it. Do something worthwhile with the little time you have.
It's easy to get down on life, make excuses and just be. Don't let that happen. That's why I love the quote above from Elisabeth Taylor. It's basically saying, stop feeling sorry for your self and start being awesome!
So, lets all stop sucking so much and start being a little more awesome.
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz