November 13, 2011

Things to Keep in Mind

First of all, I should say that I am not writing these lessons learned, but copying them from a blog about a guy who travelled the world for 8 years straight.  I occasionally like a little reminder on what is really important in life, as I tend to forget to look at the big picture when I get stressed and start picking on the details.  If you want to read the full article you can go to www.fluentin3months.com/life-lessons/, I'm just going to summarize.

1. Everyone everywhere basically wants the same thing.
2. Deferring your happiness to the future is a terrible idea.
3. "Someday my ship will come" is bullshit.  Be practical and make your life happen.
4. There is no such thing as destiny. And this is GOOD news.
5. Seek out people with different beliefs and views of the world to yours and get to know their side of the story.
6. Living a good life is the best way possible to convince people.
7. Nobody has it all figured out.
8. There is no shame in saying, "I don't know."
9. More money will NEVER solve your problems.
10. Possessions own you.
11. TV is the greatest black hole of time available to mankind.
12. The Internet is the greatest tool ever available to us, but daily use must be capped.
13. Get outside and do something with other people.
14. Speaking only English is incredibly limiting to non-tourist travellers.
15. Modern foreign culture does not have to satisfy your stereotypes.
16. Take your time.
17. You can't please everyone.
18. Being trendy and cool is for mindless sheep.
19. Make mistakes - and lots of them.
20. Wear sunscreen and do everything else that that speech suggests.
21. Stop thinking so much and act.
22. Dance and sing whenever possible.
23. Making new friends is easy and so is appreciating your current ones.
24. You don't know what you've got till it's gone.
25. Swallow your pride and apologize.
26. Doing anything specifically to impress people is stupid.
27. People are not alone in being alone.
28. Love isn't all you need, but if you don't have it in some form, your life will be very empty.
29. The most important lessons in life can never be expressed in black and white, but must be experienced.

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