No matter what we do there always comes a point in our lives when we bear thoughts of having to have done some things in life before when we were “younger” – these are called realizations, and sad part of this it when it hits you it usually happens during a crisis in life. But as what I always say everything happens for a reason – and a good one, and so my ramblings go on.

Have you ever found yourself asking – “Why didn’t I know this before when I was younger?” Simply because “younger” supposedly means that your “self” is more open to enlightenment, then when not-so-good things happen you’re also supposedly more ready emotionally to grab at it and move forward with a fresh mindset.

Here’s 7 simple perspectives I have learned –

Always be at the present.

Simply put – past is past and that’s irreversible and you can’t work on it all over again, the present is what you have right in front of you and that’s where you’re at, that’s where you can still change or modify whatever it is you want to be able to move into your future that is partially based on the decisions you make today, so never get too engrossed on looking back and forward that you forget that you’re in the NOW.

Avoid getting overwhelmed with what you should or shouldn’t do.

Society and its norms can have dictums that determine what we should and we shouldn’t do and that in itself can create a lot of major confusion on how we want our lives to be. Solution? Live your life the way you want it exactly to be and avoid limiting yourself to conform to people’s expectations. It’s your life anyway.

See things as is and avoid blowing it out of proportion.

Thinking is fine but too much is not anymore, mindsets are formed but be extra cautious into what components you put into it. We are capable of creating problems larger than they actually present to be which causes huge amounts of unnecessary stress in us, so cut the overthinking and over-analyzing and deal with what you have in your hands as is, after all that’s been said and done, this too shall pass.

Take courage and begin facing your fears.

Whether or not it be a justified fear or not, we all have one or even two or more― but to really grow and live a life, you need to actually face your fears head on. It can be the most difficult feat to conquer but it is indeed the most rewarding.

Don’t rush things.

In this ever-changing fast-paced world we sometimes get ourselves conditioned to expect and get anything in an instant leading us to believe that it can be applied to our goals and dreams, the bad news is this can’t be instant like noodles but the good news is you grow and learn so much more as an individual in the journey you take in achieving them. Set for yourself realistic goals and never rush things, I’m a believer that the best things in life are those you work hard for.

Things are not always about you so stop assuming what others think.

Endpoint is the world doesn’t revolve around you alone. The rest of the people around you carry with them their own worries and even insecurities so chances are, they won’t really put much attention on you. That being said focus on you and work on matters that will lead towards your growth as a person.

Be grateful to life.

Appreciation is the greatest prayer and the greatest magnet of better things to come. As we all advance in age, the more we appreciate the things we have in life including lessons learned. The earlier you adapt to an attitude of gratitude the more you become enlightened to integrate this in your daily life, thus the more you’ll be able to live in the present and be grateful for what makes your life worthwhile―no matter is too small to be appreciated.

I’ll end my blog with something Christopher Walken said-

None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.