When you're young, each day brings a new adventure equipped with renewed energy and excitement. You feel like the world is your oyster and anything is possible. But as we grow older, we can become jaded from previous life experiences and that excitement we felt in our younger days fades like an old pair of blue jeans.
A fully lived life is one that has triumphs and failures, great loves and heartbreaks, deep friendships and fake friendships, and of course, the trials and tribulations of parenthood.
To live an inspired life, one that will leave you with no regrets, remember these 5 tips of wisdom:
1) Don't Work Too Hard
We all need to "survive," but remember that there's more to life than deadlines, paychecks and the daily grind. Try to infuse joy into your work. You can have meaningful relationships with your co-workers, appreciate the life lessons you're gaining from your work and learn new things from people you meet through work. You're working to live, not living to work.
2) Live a Life True to Yourself...
...And not one that society expects. Oftentimes, we get so caught up in being the type of person society says we should be, that we lose our true self. We can get into a habit of trying to do the "right thing" that we aren't doing "our thing."
Make sure to follow your calling whatever that may be, and live a life true to yourself and I promise you won't regret it. It's like Joseph Cambell says, "Follow your bliss."
3) Nourish Your Relationships
Life happens and friends you gain along the way, you might lose touch with. While this is common, try to make it a habit to nourish the relationships in your life, and keep in touch with the people you care about. As we grow older it becomes more difficult to stay in touch, but with modern technology it can also be so easy. Drop an email to an old friend, set up a time to chat on Skype or if possible, meet up face to face.
Spending time with an old friend will make you feel good, and you will be able to look back and remember all the fond times with them.
4) Forgive & Forget
Holding grudges never did anyone any good. It's important to cultivate the power to forgive others, and forget about their wrong doings. Holding a grudge is like saving a bunch of negative energy inside of yourself and letting a dark cloud follow you around. And when you're looking back on your life, you want to remember the good things, not the bad. So forgive and forget those that have wronged you in the past.
It's like Gandhi says, "Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong."
5) Make a Choice to be Happy
Many years ago, I was struggling in almost every aspect of my life. Until one day, (after watching the movie The Secret), I learned that I can choose to be happy. It's as simple as that. Happiness is a choice, make that choice, feel it with every cell in your being and you will be happy.
With each passing hour our life is getting shorter, make every day count, and live your life so you look back with no regrets. We're not here for a long time, but we're here for a good time! Please share your thoughts in the comment box below :)
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Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.