Life is Short, Do These Things Quick!

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For the average person, life these days seems to be nothing but an endless cycle of tensions, worries and unexpected problems. Financial worries, social anxiety, stress over deadlines, relationship problems, and so on and on. Everyone seems to have their own personal cocktail of all or some of the above which of course makes life the complete opposite of fun, and therein lies the problem. I’m not saying of course that such worries or stress are unimportant or ‘all in your mind’. Anyone who knows me even remotely will be able to tell you that I cannot stand forced optimism and think that a healthy dose of negativity is necessary to keep us grounded in practicality. That being said though, life is too short to waste it on perpetual worries and stress. From time to time, it’s good for the soul to be spontaneous, impractical or even downright stupid. So dear readers, for what it’s worth, here’s my advice to you: 

1) Eat a meal without feeling guilty over the number of calories in it. Refrain from still counting the calories before bedtime and giving yourself insomnia.

2) Get a manicure in the middle of the week for no reason. Refuse to do the dishes for the rest of the week so you don’t ruin it.

3) Go to the park and climb the monkey bars. Ignore the weird looks every other adult in the area seems to be giving you.

Look at it as a double investment: when not on your feet, I’m pretty sure those heels can serve as a deadly weapon as well

4) Buy the shoes.

5) Dance in the middle of the day but close your blinds if you don’t want the neighbours to start doubting your sanity

6) order the dessert (see 1 above)

7) Call up a friend instead of just sending a text/whatsapp/FB message. Spend 10 mins reassuring them that you’re fine and aren’t calling because of an emergency.

8) Spend a smartphone/laptop free day, the withdrawal symptoms should fade in a few hours (I think).

9) When someone is annoying you, take a deep breath, smile, shake them warmly by the hand and walk away. Trust me, the confusion on their faces is better stress relief than shouting at them can ever be.

10) Do that thing that you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t been able to work up the courage to do: start a blog, get that new haircut, paint your nails Slime Green

11) Stop overanalysing. Trust me when I say that he/she probably didn’t mean even half the stuff you’ve managed to infer from a one work text message

yay for shoes!

Life’s too short people, save yourself the drama of what ifs and if onlys. Now excuse me while I go explain to my husband why I bought 7 pairs of shoes today instead of the new pillows I originally set out to buy.

What would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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12 thoughts on “Life is Short, Do These Things Quick!

  1. Love it. So true…this is the one shot we get…life is short, live it up as much as you can, squeezing as much fun and joy as possible into every nook and cranny surrounding our responsibilities and our to do lists. Create. Connect. Take a chance. Enjoy.

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    1. Exactly! I mean yes, we all have worries and problems but it’s good to just be a little impractical from time to time 😝 thanks for commenting! What would you add to this list?

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  2. I got rid of the monkey brain a long time ago by doing many of these things. :). Life is too short and I don’t have the time. Lol. The funny part is that I am very straight forward-there is no motive behind my words or actions but people over analyse so much that they think I am up to something. Great post. Oh, and you will definitely get more use out of the shoes than pillows anyway so it was a wise purchase.

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    1. Sometimes it seems as if people like it better when their life is more complicated, hence the reading too much into simple words/situations. Good on you for breaking the cycle 🙂 and I agree, the shoes were a much better purchase, or at least a more fun one :p

      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting! 😊

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  3. It’s really something the way we tend to thrive on stress and negativity when the EXACT OPPOSITE is what would make us ACTUALLY happy. *sigh* I love, love, love your list!! And I would add spending some time every day (even just 10 or 15 min) doing absolutely nothing. Being bored. Daydreaming. It’s gotta be good for us to have nothing pressing or happening, even though we’re conscious…right? 😀 Thanks for coming to the party!

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  4. Please, please, PLEASE stop telling me to buy the shoes. I’m not sure if that means one pair or more than one pair. The last time someone told me to “buy the shoes,” I came home with four pairs and an empty wallet.

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    1. Hahaha! You should try it then 😝 I recently tried it, with the swing set not the monkey bars, and I’ll tell you this: it’s not the adults who will look at you funny, it’s the kids waiting for the weird adult to leave so they can start playing again 😝

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