A time comes when you need to start thinking about life. A friend of mine usually says that “life is never that deep,” but it really is deep. A while back you were a toddler relying on your mother for basically everything. The next moment you were a 7 year old that could read and write and all of a sudden this thing called Adolescence came knocking on your door and because it was so fascinating, you welcomed it with open arms (as if you had a choice.) You started producing hormones, then suddenly you’re told you could become a parent if you aren’t careful. And the next day, you are about to become a young adult…
Is life still not that deep?
It really is! Life is so deep that you don’t know what might happen to you in the next second. You might end up toothless (you have to stop eating meat), broke, crippled or even DEAD. God forbid, but you really need to start thinking about such. What do you want to be remembered for once you are no longer there to speak for yourself. I am not saying you should live a perfect life because that will be insanity but what are you truly striving for?
Do you want to be remembered as the person that existed but never lived? Do you want to be remembered as the person that pushed till the end? If you aspire to be known as the greatest person that ever existed, then that dream starts with little things. It starts with having a vision, though this might sound like a cliché but it is true.
You are young. Your adrenalin should be at its peak. You should start doing things that you are scared to do.
Be kind to people. Offer help where there is an opportunity for you to impact one’s life. Be open to learn something new. You are never too old to learn. Try to learn how to play a guitar, piano or anything instrument that fascinates you. Learn a different language through Youtube and interact with people of different cultures. Start thinking about what you want in life. Get a journal and write dit all down. The kind of house you want to live in ( be specific in terms of colour, location, number of bedrooms it should have, events you will host, and who you want to live with.)
Hope for something. Always look forward to the next day. Like I said, you never know what might happen. Be thankful. The ability to show gratitude is the nerve to continue doing good. Your actions have an impact on others, when you are grateful to others, they will continue to be grateful to you and others. Authentic gratitude makes you humble. Everybody loves humble people.
Learn to give. Offer your time, your attention and yourself to others. It is always good to give. It makes you valuable and increases your importance.
Stay true to yourself. This is not easy, especially if you live in an environment where you are compelled to succumb to the norms of the society. Never compromise your values because you want to be accepted.
Finally, you start living when you realize how blessed you are. Someone somewhere doesn’t have a bed to sleep on, a mother to call, a home to go to, a friend to lean on, an education to aspire to and no hope. Begin to realist that being alive is the greatest gift given to mankind. Even though life might be too short to do all the things I advised you to do, it is the longest thing we will ever know. So live.