Seize the day! This saying conjures up images of days filled with base jumping, sky diving before rounding it all off with some white water rafting. While these are things that might be fun to try, I imagine you would be exhausted after a few days and ready to curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea.
Living each day as if it were your last is not something reserved for adrenaline junkies, its something we all can do and in doing so, happiness will not be something you strive for, but something that radiates from you. Here are my tips on how to live for the moment and really get the most out of this life we have been given –
- Be kind. It may seem too simple but this is my number one tip. Be kind to yourself, forgive yourself for making mistakes and look after your body and your mind, by filling it with healthy fuel. Be kind to others and really do treat them as you would like to be treated. Don’t ever leave a situation or argument unresolved and surrounded with tension. Imagine each time you walk away from someone it is the last time you will ever see them. Life is unpredictable and it just might be.
- Say YES! Yes is the word of opportunity. Say yes to things you never thought of, or even wanted to try. You might just love it and even if you don’t, its very unlikely you will regret the experience. Saying yes leads you into situations you may never have arrived at. You will meet more people and encounter more opportunities. Life will cease to be a predictable routine, and adventure will fill the spaces. So say YES a bit more and give new things a try.
- Do something you love every day. If it were your last day on earth you might have a whole lot of things you would want to cram in, but think about what is really special to you in this world. It could be spending time with your family, creating art or music, reading a great book, surfing, watching the sunset with a flask of tea and your best friend. Whatever it is that makes you happy, make time for it. Even just 20 minutes to let go of schedules and deadlines and just BE in that moment.
- Live simply. We are drowning in things. Everywhere you look there is something new popping up that we MUST have. What an incredible strain that puts on us to work more, to earn more, to keep consuming and wanting, never satisfied. If we let it, this could go on our whole lives. Its easy to think that once the house is decorated, the car is bought, we have the biggest tv and the most up to date phone we will have it all. We will sit back and look at our things and then we will be fulfilled. But it doesn’t work that way. Because while you were hammering down your new wooden floors, carpet came back in to fashion. Your ipad is now soooo outdated, your car is starting to look a bit worn. So it starts all over again. I say, get out now and don’t look back. What do you really need? Somewhere warm to sleep, fresh air, books and music. Healthy food. Family and friends, a few changes of clothes. Added to that, things which aid your own hobbies and spark your passions. Everything else is just filler. Don’t fall in to a trap you cant get out of. When you let it all go, it all becomes clear.
- Let go. Of bad relationships, of unnecessary stress, of overwhelming commitments, of anything that saps your energy and happiness. Delegate where possible and know your limits. In contrast to the earlier point to SAY YES, learn to say no too. Say no to things you really don’t want to do. Say no to people who take advantage of your time and your resources. Say no when you know you will have to turn down something you would much prefer to be doing to commit to this thing instead. Say goodbye to friends who don’t support you in your dreams. Let go of a job which makes you miserable. Which leads me to my final point.
- Find your passion! We all have to go to a job we hate to be able to afford to do the things we love, right? Well what if your job was the thing you really loved? What if you woke up in the morning excited about how you were going to spend your day. We all have a passion. For some people this may be buried deep inside, long forgotten and only you can uncover it. Once you do, HOLD ON TO IT AND NEVER LET GO. Find a way of making a living from it and ignore the people who call you crazy. It may take time, you may want to keep a foothold in your current career while you get started, and it will take hard work, bravery and dedication. But when you get there, life will never be the same again.