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How to Start Living Your Best Life

Written by 7 April 2014 17 Comments

 

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John Lennon once said that “when we are afraid, we pull back from life. “ If I would have to state the most significant mistake that a person can make, I would argue that it’s the fear of making one. The top five regrets of dying were stated in a revealing article, posted to Huffington Post in 2013. A palliative nurse recorded the most claimed regrets and collected them into a book. The first of the regrets was a heart-breaking statement: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

Those who master up the courage have a shot at living something truly special. Without ever stepping out of the bubble, how can one learn to see? Before I started writing this post, a question arose in my mind. Why am I the fortunate one who gets to travel for a living?

I’m not on the road because of my thundering wit with words, whopping knowledge of paraphrasing nor because of my capacity to capture Kodak moments. I’m traveling mainly because I had the courage to pursue my peace sign-shaped, rainbow colored and sometimes even unicorn jazzed-up dreams, taking little Bambi steps on my offbeat trail of life. Just because one is off the map, it doesn’t mean that she or he is lost. In addition, even the most courageous ones feel afraid, stuck, and from time to time misread the stars.

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I still want to wake up from an unfamiliar apartment, visit Alaska, sit on a bench and wonder where I’m going next, remind myself where I have already entered. Feel alive. I want to skate the floating mini ramp in the middle of Lake Tahoe, and be the person who inspires others to leave. I want to climb into the highest cherry blossom tree in Kyoto, and surf countless perfectly curling waves in San Diego. My dreams might not be easy-to-digest or execute, but because of their complex requirements, I wake up with a hunting instinct pumping in my veins instead of staying comfortably numb in an eternal sleep.

But how can one become Miss Amazeballs? Firstly, be OK with sucking at something in the beginning. Don’t compare your starting point to someone else’s halfway. Don’t be too brainy. It’s a lot easier to be dauntless if you don’t know everything. Be a fan of the cool chicks, and get pumped on some power lady tunes. Surround yourself with people who inspire and support the progress of becoming the superlative version of yourself. Trust your instincts and hunches. Your heart might play tricks and your brain might want to take another turn, but your gut is always right. Release your inner mermaid; avoid shallow living, and nourish your thirst for experiences. The courageous may not live eternally, but the careful kinds don’t live at all. Kill your normality, hassle with confidence, and be the one that can’t be tamed. Be a square peg in a round hole, and stand out. And lastly, smile. Positivity is the founding stone of courage. There might be crappy days, but those don’t make a lousy life. The ones that learn to flash their teeth in the pouring rain are the ones that the sun keeps rewarding.

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  • Emily said:

    This is a really great article! So well written :) It is so easy to get caught up in the normal routine people think your life should look like – loved your quote “Kill your normality, hassle with confidence, and be the one that can’t be tamed”

    http://missvoyager.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/spring-is-here/

  • Aparna said:

    Thank you! I really really needed this!

  • Josie Copson said:

    Beautifully written article and such a powerful message!

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  • Quyen said:

    I complete agree. Your gut is always right!
    http://liveitinerantly.com/

  • Rita (author) said:

    Thank you @ Emily, @Josie and @Quyen. @Aparna, I’m super hyper glad if the article helped in any way. Sometimes the only thing we need are a few words just to remind ourselves from something that matters.

  • Sinead said:

    I love this – I’m at a stage where I’m fed up of sitting at my desk daydreaming of what might be, and in the process of making that shit happen. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet!

  • Rita (author) said:

    That’s the spirit @Sinead. Cheers for our dreams!

  • Imani Bon Vivant said:

    My life theme is #liveyourlife. I find a way to travel every month. I just told a friend…I don’t want a house, I want to spend all my funds on travel. It’s my hobby and it keeps me alive.

  • Anna Leevia said:

    “Firstly, be OK with sucking at something in the beginning.”
    Thats extremely important! Nice article. :)

  • Rita (author) said:

    @Imani, I think that should be everyone’s life theme. if you are able to travel every month, you might travel even more than me- that’s amazing! @Anna Leevia, thank you for the comment and all the best xx

  • Sarah Crossan said:

    Great piece! And love the progression in the photos :)

  • Oksana said:

    This is such an inspirational post! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  • Laura said:

    Inspiring! So many people seem to be afraid of just about everything, especially the changes in routines. I think, the best things happen when you just go out there and get out of your comfort zone. Amazing opportunities might just come your way when you keep your eyes open to them. Chase your dreams, live the life you always wanted to live (talking to myself at the same time, easier said than done, of course)! :)

  • Lisa said:

    Great post.
    L x
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

  • Rita (author) said:

    Thanks ladies, your comments are highly appreciated. Like Lesane Parish Crooks once said; “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.”

  • Kasia said:

    That is it! Thank you, thank you <3 I think that this article will help me to make a very important decision. This is here all what I knew once, but for too long I was living not the life I wanted. Now I'm trying to change it.

    Articles like that helps a lot :)

  • Rita (author) said:

    Thank you Kasia for your comment. I’m happy if this article helps you in any way. All the best to your journey, there’s no need for us to live a life that we don’t want, and small steps are the way to starting to create the one we desire.

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