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.
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
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!