Throughout life, we learn a variety of hard to stomach truths that no one wants to face. However, the sooner we realize these things and accept them, the better.
Life is all about getting your shit together and going ahead. It is all about understanding how precious life is and how easy it is to lose one’s way in it. Not being preachy, but the tougher and darker life gets, the better it is going to be afterwards. The tunnel is the illusion, not the light at the end of it.
You only need to stop beating yourself down; there are enough takers for that job trust me. You need to trust yourself enough to keep going harder and better.
Like the proverb: “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”
Here are 19 brutally honest truths about life which will give you the necessary motivation to buckle up for the rough rides ahead.
1. We start dying the day we were born.
Whether we want to admit it or not, the day we are born, we begin dying. It is up to us to make the most of our time while we are here.
2. Everyone you love will die too
Like I said, everyone. Your love won’t stop them from going, it only might make their numbered days a bit better and bit more enjoyable. That’s the least and ironically most you can do. So love them, and more importantly, be with them. Don’t ever hold back to express how much they mean to you and try to spend time with them more often.
3. Life isn’t fair.
The good guys don’t always win, things will not always go our way, and that is just the way that it is.
4. People aren’t always going to be nice.
No matter how nice I am to the postman, it doesn’t mean he will be nice back.
5. Wealth isn’t everything on this Earth
That’s what all spiritual teachers from Siddhartha Gautama Buddha to Socrates have been saying since eternity. Look for the beauties that are not quantifiable and buyable. There is a lot more to life than materialistic possessions.
6. Chasing happiness will never work.
True happiness comes when we are on the right path, not when we are trying for it.
7. Our time is more precious than anything.
Spend it wisely and judiciously. Make sure you spend it on things and people that matter. Do not pursue wild dreams and unrealistic aspirations. This will only leave you with no time to yourself and actual people who matter to you.
8. You can’t make everyone happy.
No matter how hard you try, someone isn’t going to be happy with your hard work. Screw them, do it for you, and the ones that appreciate your work.
9. Accept what you feel
Never deny yourself an emotional release. Of all forms of crippling, emotional crippling is the worst of the worst.
“Leave your front door and your back door open. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Just don’t serve them tea.” Shunryu Suzuki
10. Don’t worry about your legacy
Once you are beyond the world, it’s no use. All mausoleums perish some time or other despite being gilded with gold and gems.
11. Be responsible
For yourself and your loved ones. Be responsible of your duties and your rights too. Take your dues and pay your debts.
12. Stop beating yourself up for your flaws
This is because no one is perfect. As a matter of fact, your imperfections make you what you are, as a person. Those are the things that give you your identity. The people that matter and that love you, accept and love your flaws as well.
13. Don’t shrug your passion/hobby off
If it’s a musical instrument, play it. If it’s rearing pets, rear them. Don’t let go of things that make you smile and laugh out with joy. Instead, cultivate them. Do not give in to societal norms. Take the path you want to take.
14. Live in the moment
Speculating about the future will just make you age. It won’t make you wiser. Don’t dwell on the past either, for that is gone and done with. Focus on the present and enjoy in the moments.
15. Someone always has it worse
If you don’t believe us, listen to poet Rudy Francisco’s Complainers.
14. Knowledge shared is knowledge gained
Same with happiness.
16. Invest in yourself
You are your best thing, said the great Toni Morrison. You are the person who knows yourself the best.
17. Keep a poker face
When things do not go your way. Do not show your weaknesses.
18. Quit unrealistic dreams
And work. Slog your ass off.
19. Be thankful
For whatever you get. You are fortunate in your own little way.
Credits: Daily Positive Info