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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.)