The fabulous Misfits Vintage recently posted a fab-u-lous piece entitled 'Life's Too Short To...', a super inspiring concoction of activities she believes should be avoided in the pursuit of savouring life. (A handful of them? Stuffing mushrooms. Not wearing a chiffon frock for no reason at all. Staying in a job filled with ''a culture of bullying, abuse, bitchiness, harassment, two-facedness and general arseholery.'' BRILLIANT!)
It compellled me to buy a turkey. Wait! No it didn't. It compelled me to create my own 'life's too short to...''list, and here it is!
Ugh, but we do, don't we? We worry that we're not as intelligent/hilarious/beautiful/popular/accomplished as other people. We fret that there's something wrong with us if we feel envious/angry/anxious/depressed. (Uh, does anyone know where this ridiculous thought process originates from?!)
Allow me to share a line from one of my favourite books: ''we're all cut from the same cloth. We all experience these feelings and struggle to maintain civiity in a sometimes savage world.'' Remember that, and relish how normal and perfectly together you already ARE!
It should be seen!
It's big, it's beautiful, and it's absolutely worth living off cans of baked beans and packets of two-minute noodles for six months to do so. (Which is precisely why my kitchen cupboards are currently filled with them!)
Psst! Can I let you in on a little not-so-secret (and actually, one of the best lessons that I've ever learned)? People are EXCELLENT at flinging words about (''I love you!''; ''I'd love to!''), but you'll only ever really be able to gage how someone feels through their actions. That old adage ''actions speak louder than words''? It's 110% true.
An example? Don't waste your time tearing your hair out in a frustrated attempt to understand whether a lady/gentlemen/octopus (it's possible, right?!) is genuinely interested in you. If they are, they'll demonstrate it in their behaviour (attempting to make plans with you), and not their words (''yeah... we should catch up... sometime!'')!
Cripes, sometimes I feel like we're all so... SCARED! It's as though we've been raised to fear making ''mistakes'', so we've become so cautious in everything that we do to avoid ''stuffing up''. What nonsense!
Life is a gift that we only have for so long before it's permanently snatched away. Make ''mistakes'' (I say ''mistakes'' because honestly, what the heck are mistakes, anyway?! They're lessons!). Twirl somebody around in the street. Whisper something to someone that you're terrified to say. (If it's not well received, you can always utter ''sorry'' afterwards!) Launch a business. (And if all turns to doom and gloom - which I'm sure it won't! - start from scratch somewhere else.) Take risks, be bold and have FUN! Life's an adventure too precious not to be filled with extraordinary tales!
What's on your ''life's too short to...'' list?
(All images thanks to We Heart It.)
LOVE this post Corrine! You speak the truth wise girl. Life is much too short to worry, fear, hold back and second guess. I hope this post inspires people to get out there and live - it has certainly been a great reminder for me this morning. :) x
After having FINALLY travelled I definitely think that life is too short to only dream about it... and it's not as hard to just make happen as I thought!
Your list is inspiring, wise, amazing!!!
I need to think of my own now!
Though I'm ready with a quote, it's from my favourite philosopher, he said: isnt life one-hundred times too short to ever be bored?
And he's so true on so many levels!
Rosie - Me?! WISE?! Oh, Rosie. You're lovely, thank-you!
I ccccccompletely agree with you on regrets (or a lack of regrets, that is!), too. I'm a big believer in leaving the past in the past!
Caroline - Right on!
Life's to short not to say sorry. Life's to short to not have a good slice of cake. ;)
How did you get so wise!?
This post is just brilliant, I'm definitely bookmarking for days when I feel down.
The number one thing on my list is not regretting stuff that's happened in the past. Once I stopped beating myself up about all my "mistakes", life became a million times better.