Kat Roger is a frequently barefoot and laughing traveller. She is gliding from home to home, country to country and lesson to lesson.
I keep seeing these lists of life lessons. These bullet pointed facebook uploads of what's important. I agree with the majority of what I see on those lists, that's probably why I notice them. When I'm thirty I'll write one and frame it; and another when I'm forty. My kids are going to hate my pearls of wisdom. Until they appreciate them that is.
So I'm twenty seven now, almost twenty eight, it must be time to start planning the list. Consider this a draft of the wisdom that is yet to come. I take inspiration from my life and from my beautiful friend who is soon to turn thirty; she's got a lot figured out. These points are in no particular order:
- Say thank you - to people and to situations. Be grateful. When I walk down the road I say the words "Thank you" in my mind, over and over again.
- Dream big. On repeat. When you fall asleep picture your perfect life. Some call it daydreaming I call it lining up the life you want. We all hear the words that anything is possible but it's true. If you believe it deeply enough; it will be.
- Be kind and be polite.
- Don't be negative about other people. Don't gossip. Don't bitch. It's poisonous and says a lot more about you that it does about them. We have no right to pass judgement on the actions of others because we will never, ever truly know how the situation looked and felt to them. If you gossip, it just invites others to gossip about you.
- Laugh. A lot. Enjoy laughing. Stick by people that make you laugh.
- Don't make fun of people. There are a lot of people that have a tough enough time without adding your malice to their list of hardships.
- Spend more time in front of a book than in front of a mirror.
- Protect your skin from the sun.
- Know that, more often than not, drugs only make unhappy, insecure people happy.
- Know that your truth is only your truth. Appreciate who you are but appreciate that everyone else is exactly who they are. Don't expect other people to adhere to your list of what's right. Allow people to be who they are.
- It's impossible to always follow the life rules which you give yourself, we all stray from the path, but the point of life is to try, surely.
So there they are, my rules and my beliefs. Now that I see them I quite like them. It seems that what started as a draft has instead become a final copy. Perhaps when I turn thirty, I'll just refresh the list. From now on I will keep this list and adorn it with all the lessons that life will graciously teach me.