I love reading tips from people, ways to make life more enjoyable more meaningful. I like to see what things work for other people. I thought it would be fun to tell myself some tips that I’ve learned through life experience. Well, it’s about time!
I picked this picture of my youngest for the image because presumably somewhere in the world there was a picture of me doing a similar thing, right?! I mean kids love this game- where did you go? There’s something hysterical about disappearing in a moment’s notice only to return to a room of laughter! Something so fun and innocent.
Now that I’m older and wiser I like to tell myself to relish in the moments with my kids as much as humanly possible, which don’t worry is on average about one whole moment a day (okay, I’m being totally generous here!) I also like to tell myself to have more fun and learn from my kids because they are super good at that. If I pay attention my kids could give me lots of tips.
I like to tell myself a lot of things now that I’m older….here are some of my faves.
1. Chill Out.
This is easier said than done. Let me tell you this is something I’m really working on. I just have learned so many times again and again (I learn a lot of lessons multiple times, I have a feeling it’s because I didn’t learn them completely the first time!) It’s too easy to flip over every little thing, to get easily riled up. It doesn’t serve me and it certainly doesn’t serve the people around me. While chilling out doesn’t necessarily come naturally to me it’s super important.
2. Have Fun.
There are different things at different times in our lives that we find fun, at least that’s true for me. Sometimes I have worried that there isn’t time for fun there is so much to be doing, to check off the list. That fun is something I can have later. HELL to the NO. Fun can only be had right now. So get your laughing shoes on and get at it. (I know that laughing shoes are not a thing but they should be so there!)
3. Do what you love.
Don’t get me wrong on this one. I am not saying ONLY do what you love. There are things we have to do that we don’t love. Like I don’t love brushing my teeth and showering, but I do love having friends and I have a feeling that one makes the other easier, if you know what I mean! There have been lots of times in my life where I’ve chosen the practical thing because I feel like the to do list is too long. I worried that fun stuff would just get in the way.
4. Get Curious.
This one is something I definitely didn’t do enough when I was younger. I wish I explored more things that I thought would be fun and that I would enjoy. For the most part when it comes to this arena in my life I’ve played it safe. I did what seemed a natural progression, I didn’t try too much, and if I wasn’t good at or thought that I wasn’t going to be good at something then forget it! I think it’s better to get curious, interested, find what I love and then get better! It’s certainly never too late to start.
Work out, stay fit, and like it. It totally helps with my anxiety. There are times I don’t want to work out. I go through periods when exercising goes to the bottom of my priority list and then times where it disappears from the list completely. I’ve also noticed that the less exercise I get the more negative energy I feel, the more anxiety.
6. Be Grateful and Share Gratitude.
I’m really delving into this specific idea this month in my programming and in my life. If I’m super honest with you, which is part of my promise, I totally suck at this. I don’t make enough time for it. I have a tendency to be a little bit of a Debbie downer at times. I know there’s something to gratitude, I just can tell, I find when I’m more grateful I’m happier and research agrees with me!
What do you wish you told yourself when you were younger? How would it have changed things for you?