10 Painfully Obvious Truths

Whatever you’re doing right now, stop and click on this link. This is basically the essence of what I want my blog to be all about in ten simple truths. I really, REALLY, encourage you to read it all the way through, but since I know you might not listen, here are some of what I think were the most resonating points…

“Don’t ignore death, but don’t be afraid of it either. Be afraid of the life you never lived because you were too afraid to take action.”

“Remember, it’s always better to be at the bottom of the latter that you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t”

“…patience is not about waiting, but the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in.”

“Being busy does not mean being productive”

“Behind every great piece of art, there are a thousand failed attempts to make it, but these attempts are simply never shown to us”

“…if you wait until you feel 100% ready to begin, you’ll likely be waiting the rest of your life”

“It’s not other people’s job to love you; it’s yours”

And finally…

“Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they have when they have it”

This last one is particularly powerful to me, because it seems as if we were brought up believing that our purpose in life is to want more, more,more. To never be satisfied with what we have and always be on the lookout for the next best thing. This is why the saying “youth is wasted on the young” rings so true. When we are young, we are always looking forward, pushing ourselves, preparing for the future. We spend so much time looking ahead that we forget to enjoy what we have in this moment. It is only when we lose that youth, that we truly appreciate it.

At every stage in life, we have something to be thankful for that we didn’t have in the past and won’t have in the future. We need to learn to appreciate what we have here and now and stop wasting are lives yearning for another time.