Growing up the phrase, “life is too short”, really boggled me. “We have 80+ years to live, how is life short?” I thought. But, once you get into adulthood, it’s impossible not to realize how fast life can pass you by, making it seem, indeed “short”; therefore, don’t spend the short time you have miserable at a job you hate, eating away your stress and not enjoying every minute of your life as it is. As you approach and explore your life in your early to mid-20s, ask yourself the following:
- Are you happy at your job or are you just working to make a living?
Sometimes we don’t see our day jobs with the level of magnitude we should. The jobs we choose are a huge part of our lives; therefore, don’t limit yourself to where you’re comfortable, but miserable. Find a place that makes you happy, because when you’re happy, you make better decisions, when you make better decisions, you tend to work on yourself, and when you work on yourself you become unstoppable! And, well when you’re unstoppable, the world is yours!
- Are you taking care of yourself mentally?
It has never been more important to take time each day to unwind and reflect on ourselves. Life can be busy, stressful, and unpredictable to say the least. We must take time to reach our happy place and let everything go for a few minutes. It’s the brains way of recharging in order to get things back in order and ready for another day. You probably charge your phone every night, right? Let’s not forget to recharge ourselves as well.
- Are you taking care of yourself physically and internally?
Are you still skipping breakfast, like those high school days, eating a bag of chips when you’re hungry in between meals, or slouching on the couch for hours, binge watching your favorite show? Although these things might not be so harmful done occasionally, they are harmful if done often. The older we get, the more important it is to fuel our bodies with the right nutrients and exercise! Fruits, vegetables, proteins, healthy fats, plenty of water, and staying active. The more we take care of ourselves earlier on, the better chance we have to live disease-free lives in the future.
- Are you focusing on the present or worrying about the past?
“Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.” We tend to dwell in the past forgetting that the time has gone and we have the present and future in front of us. Don’t dwell on the past. Allow yourself an allotted time to be upset, but move past it once the time expires. Accept the fact that you cannot change anything about the past, there are no time machines, get over it. One thing you can do, is change what the future holds. Get out in front of it and own it baby!
- Last, but not least, are you in control of your life?
Yes, are YOU in control of your life? No, the aliens don’t control your life, neither do other people, or abstract forces. YOU do! You get to make every decision that regards your life and how you want to live it. You choose if you want to be angry for 1 minute or 1 day, you choose what you eat, you choose what you wear, you choose how you want to feel daily. YOU are able to control your life, so are you? If not, now is the time! Don’t spend any more time wishing you could do something, get out and do it! Put yourself in CONTROL!