Well, that depends on who you ask. Everyone has different dreams and hopes for their lives but we are not all dealt the same hand. Ask a teen in Connecticut what they think that means compared to the teen trying to survive in Haiti or Mozambique.
It’s all relative so you have to ask yourself are you doing the best you can with what you have? If not, why?
What would you be doing if you were not doing the job you are right now? That’s the thing you need to strive for. If your dream is to be a country and western singer, then start somewhere.
If your dream is to make birdhouses for hummingbirds, then get after it. How many times have we heard someone say, “I always wanted to …”? Too many. Don’t let that happen to you.
Take advantage of any and all opportunities that come your way. The biggest thing that keeps people from achieving their goals is the fear of failure. You need to stop that. Failure is just an attempt that didn’t get the desired results.
The next time you try, you will do better. The man who lost his arms and paints portraits with his feet didn’t just start doing that. It took practice. A lot of it.
Living a good life means being true to yourself. You have to be able to look yourself in the eye. Don’t take advantage of people and stop being a jerk. You can get through your life without being cruel to others, humans or animals.
The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Some wise words, there. It should be the mantra for everyone.
There is too much anger and hurt in the world. Just a peek at Twitter will show you that. People are unbelievably cruel online and say things they never would in person.
You can’t even read a recipe anymore online without a fight between strangers breaking out.
Person 1: “I tried this last night! It was fantastic but I used red peppers instead of green”
Person 2: “That’s bullshit! I hate red peppers! You totally ruined that food!
Person 1: “Yeah, well, I don’t know you, you weren’t there and it was friggin’ delicious”
Person 2: “You must be mentally ill, you don’t know what your talking about, just close your account and kill yourself…
Person 1: *you’re
Person 2: *&%//@#!!
And so it goes. Imagine being that person. Or are you that person. People spend way too much of their time trolling the internet and looking for trouble and picking fights. Don’t even waste your time trying to get through to these people * cough cough anti-maskers*
Living a good life is giving of yourself. Be helpful, be kind, chase your dreams but don’t stand in the way of others doing the same. There is room for everyone.
When you lie down at night to go to sleep, are you happy with all you did? Did you do all you could to be a good person and not make life hard for yourself or other people?
Life is hard and it is not always fair but that doesn’t mean we give up or take it out on other people. No one expects you to become a soldier or a heart surgeon to save lives every day. Great if you do, but living a good life doesn’t need to be that big. Be good to yourself and to others.
If you found out you only had a month to live, what would you do? Most people would want to spend time with loved ones. Life isn’t about jumping out of airplanes or traveling the world.
Be the best person you can every day and all the other things will come to you. Being a good person opens up many opportunities and life is just that much sweeter.
Good people attract good people, and miserable people can go find themselves. Living without regrets isn’t about fulfilling all the adventures you think will make you more interesting.
It’s about not squandering away your life being a miserable jerk and a pain to be around.