â€œThe proper function of man is to live, not to exist.â€Â Far too often we travel through life on autopilot, going through the motions, accepting what is, and having every day pass like the one before it.Â Everything seems relatively normal and comfortable, except that constant twitch in the back of your mind thatâ€™s saying, â€œItâ€™s time to make some changes.â€
Here are 10 simple suggestions for those who want to break free from the mould and truly live more of their life â€“ to experience it and enjoy it to the fullest, instead of settling for a mere existence.
Appreciate the great people and things in your life â€“ Sometimes we donâ€™t notice the things others do for us until they stop doing them.Â Donâ€™t be like that.Â Be grateful for what you have, who loves you, and who cares for you.Â Youâ€™ll never know how much they mean to you until the day theyâ€™re no longer beside you.Â Truly appreciate those around you, and youâ€™ll soon find many others around you.Â Truly appreciate life, and youâ€™ll find that you have more of it to live.
Ignore other peopleâ€™s negativity â€“ If you allow people to make more withdrawals than deposits in your life, you will be out of balance and in the negative before you know it.Â Ignore unconstructive, hurtful commentary.Â No one has the right to judge you.Â They may have heard your stories, but they didnâ€™t feel what you were going through.Â You do not have control over what others say; but you do have control over whether or not you allow them to say these things to you.Â You alone can deny their poisonous wordsÂ from invading your heart and mind.
Be who you really are â€“ If youâ€™re lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everybody else, donâ€™t change.Â Uniqueness isÂ priceless.Â In this crazy world thatâ€™s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your awesome self.Â And when they laugh at you for being different, laugh back at them for being the same.Â It takes a lot of courage to stand alone, but itâ€™s worth it.Â Being YOU is worth it!
Embrace change and enjoy your life as it unfolds â€“ The hardest part about growing is letting go of what you were used to, and moving on with something youâ€™re not.Â Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting, and have faith that things will work out.Â Laugh at the confusion, live consciously in the moment, and enjoy your life as it unfolds.Â You might not end up exactly where you intended to go, but eventually you will arrive precisely where you need to be.
Do things your future self will thank you for â€“ What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.Â What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.Â Make sure itâ€™s worthwhile.
Be thankful for all the troubles you donâ€™t have â€“ There are two ways of being rich: One is to have all you want, the other is to be satisfied with what you have.Â Accept and appreciate things now, and youâ€™ll find more happiness in every moment you live.Â Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offer thanks for all the troubles we donâ€™t have.Â And remember, you have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.
Leave enough time for fun â€“ Sometimes you need to take a few steps back to see things clearly.Â Never let your life become so filled with work, your mind become so crammed with worry, or your heart become so jammed with old hurts or anger, that thereâ€™s no room left in them for fun, for awe, or for joy.
Enjoy the little things in life â€“ The best things in life are free.Â There is absolute joy and wonder to be had in the simplest of moments.Â Watching the sunset over the horizon or spending time with a family member.Â Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.
Accept the fact that the past is not today â€“ Donâ€™t let the past steal your present and future from you.Â You might not be proud of all the things youâ€™ve done in the past, but thatâ€™s okay.Â The past is not today.Â The past cannot be changed, forgotten, or erased.Â It can only be accepted.Â We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past.Â But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.
Let go when you must â€“ Itâ€™s not always about trying to fix something thatâ€™s broken.Â Some relationships and situations just canâ€™t be fixed.Â If you try to force them back together, things will only get worse.Â Sometimes itâ€™s about starting over and creating something better.Â Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over again with a smile on your face and passion in your heart.