Life can feel like a struggle at times.
Whether it’s feelings of anxiety or conflicting thoughts of self-doubt, we have all hit bumps on the road during our lives.
However, that’s all they are, bumps.
As humans, we tend to overplay the importance of these bumps and turn them into mountains.
If we can learn to ride over the bumps every now and again, the road is smooth and long.
Sometimes, we need to take a moment to take stock, before we let things spiral out of control.
The following life truths will help you to act with more clarity in your life.
Once you understand that life is not against you, but that you can mould it to your liking, you will see things from a clearer perspective.
1. You Are Unique
There is no one else on the planet like you.
You see the world your own way, you have your own unique perspective.
No matter how worthless you may think your opinion is, to someone else it could be illuminating.
Never be afraid to be unashamedly you. You have the freedom to be who you are.
In a world of seven billion people and counting, you have a unique perspective on life and the world.
At times we may feel small and worthless, but we all have a contribution we can make to the world.
Embrace your uniqueness and use it to your advantage.
Despite the ever increasing noise in today’s world, there is always space for a unique perspective.
And it could be yours.
2. Perfection is impossible. Don’t stress over trying to achieve it
For years, I strived for perfection.
I wanted to get full marks in exams.
I wanted to attain the perfect body.
I wanted to write the perfect book.
Perfection cannot be achieved in an imperfect world.
One day I got 100% in one of my exams. I was over the moon.
However, the more I thought about it, the more I realised it wasn’t perfection.
I had achieved full marks not because of my perfections, but because of the exams imperfections.
Had the exam covered the topic in more detail, with more questions, I would not have got full marks.
It sounds silly to this, as we so obviously live in an imperfect world, yet we constantly strive for perfection regardless.
The pursuit of perfection will wear you down through its endless and fruitless toil.
Set yourself free and chase progress instead of perfection.
3. Whenever you’re going through a difficult time, remember these four words, This too, shall pass
Throughout our lives, we often hit rough patches without warning.
Much like a ship bombarded by waves after sailing through calm waters, it can feel like there is no end in sight.
We are prone to ascribing too much weight to these events and symptoms that occur in the short-term, and believe they will continue well into the future.
This is a fallacy.
Whether it’s anxiety, money worries or relationship issues, all of them will pass with time.
It’s hard to think this way when it appears everything is going against you, but things won’t stay the same.
As the ship will come out of the storm on the other side, so will we leave our woes behind with the passage of time.
Remember these four words when times get tough.
4. You had over a 1 in 100 million chance of being here. Celebrate your existence
I have had periods in my life, where I couldn’t be bothered.
Be it, school, university or at work, there were times when I wanted nothing more than to lie in my bed and dream a deep, soothing, dream.
It was only when I reflected upon this, I realised how wrong this mentality is.
Each and every one of us is blessed to be here. The odds of us being here in the first place are astronomical!
Out of all the sperm to make it, we were the lucky ones.
Yet, we don’t act like it. In fact, a lot of us go through our lives as if they are an annoying and tedious chore.
We don’t celebrate our very existence, we resent it, despise it.
Not of all us live the life we want to, but we do have a life. We might never have had that opportunity.
It’s up to us to make the most of this priceless opportunity.
Life is what you make of it, be grateful to simply be here, alive and breathing.
5. No matter how idyllic someone’s life may seem, everyone has problems
Whenever you flick through social media, there are times when it can feel like everyone else is having fun but you.
The term social media is misleading. It can draw us together and keep you in contact with friends around the world, but it can also be depressing and make you feel anxious.
We’re all guilty of wishing our lives were more like certain people we see on Instagram.
The constant travels, the laughing and enjoying life at the beach.
The snaps of sunsets and sunrises from all corners of the globe.
However, there is a secret behind all of this.
These photos are a snapshot in the lives of these people.
More often than not, they only post photos depicting the good side of their lives. We don’t see the other side, that remains hidden from view.
Make no mistake, despite looking like they live an idyllic life, these photos obscure the truth.
They are the same as us. They will have ups and downs. They will have days when they don’t feel like doing anything.
Social media presents one side of the view, the view that people want others to see.
Next time you find yourself wishing you could lead the life of an influencer, remember, these pictures only present a small part of their lives.
The rest remains hidden.
6. Everyone Poos
This might seem like a ridiculous statement to include on a list, but once you fully grasp this, it will change your life.
We have all been in situations where we have looked upon people in awe.
Maybe it was that guy or girl in the cafe.
Maybe it was encountering a celebrity in your day to day life.
Whoever it may have been, we’ve all been overawed from time to time.
We place these people on a pedestal, when they are just same as everyone else.
They still have to go to the bathroom and take a dump.
That beautiful girl or handsome guy has definitely had diarrhoea at least once!
They may look, and act, perfect, but everyone without exception poos.
Remember this whenever you’re intimidated or awestruck by someone.
Those feelings will melt away!
7. It’s never too late to start over
I have been guilty of this on many occasions.
Whether it was when I graduated from university with no idea of what I wanted to do, or when I returned from travelling after 5 years, still none the wiser about what I wanted to do, it’s never too late to start over!
Society may expect us to have everything figured out by our mid-20s, but this is unrealistic and downright wrong.
Your twenties are the years for experimentation, finding out what works for you and what doesn’t.
Some of the most successful people in history only got their lucky breaks later in life.
Sam Walton, founded Walmart when he was 44.
Alan Rickman, better known as Professor Snape, didn’t start acting until his thirties.
Hell, Colonel Sanders didn’t open his first KFC until he was 65!
It’s never to late to start again. Success does not discriminate by age.
8. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough
Each and every of own is blessed and cursed in equal measure.
It may feel like we have all the time in the world left, but we don’t.
Life can be over in the blink of an eye.
That’s why it’s vital you don’t go through the motions. Life is too valuable and precious to be wasted.
The last thing you want to do is reach old age, and regret those opportunities you didn’t take, and the things you didn’t do.
If you want to go on that trip you’ve always dreamed about, go and do it.
If you’re dying to speak to that boy/girl you like, go and do it!
Life is about seizing opportunities when they present themselves, as they may not appear again.
It can be tempting to put these things off until a later date, but one day, that date will never come.
That’s why you have to act today, and start building the live you want to lead, instead of dreaming about it.
We may only get one shot at life, but if you do it right, one is all you need.