You don’t choose your life, you live it

I have heard the phrase “Life isn’t fair, so get used to it” for as long as I can remember. I never liked hearing it and have used it as my goal to live life beyond what life put in front me. I learned quickly that life is not what I thought it would be at this point in my life, but I do not have to compromise by accepting what the world has told me it is.

Are you living a life full of value? What are you doing today to bring you closer to your dreams tomorrow? You don’t choose your life, you live it! When you take a hold of your life and start living in moments that lead to memories, you start living a life worth while.

Living like this is rewarding with these simple steps.

Make an adventure or buck list of all the things you want to do in life. Look at this list to remind you, you life is full of wonder. When you give into your sense of wonder, you will be more likely to go out and finish something on your list.

Love others more. Really. This might sound weird or maybe unrealistic to some, but it is well worth trying. When you put others before yourself, your heart starts to feel things it might not have felt before. Love is a verb. A verb is an action word. (You know where I am going with this.) Act in a way others can see how much you care about them. Not everyone will reciprocate, but it builds your character regardless.

Compare your life to your dreams, not others. When you start comparing your life to those around you, you can either get instant motivation or depression. Either emotion is temporary until you start living the life that brings you closer to your dreams.

How do you do this? Visualize your life when your dreams get accomplished by creating a dream board. Have you ever cut out magazine clippings and made them into a collage? This is the same thing. Find pieces that represent your dreams to inspire you to make them into a reality. Dream big and dream often by making new boards as you go through life.

Listen more, talk less. The more you listen to others, the more you can learn from their mistakes. You may not agree with what everything everyone may say to you, but you can at least respect them enough to listen. Advice is wisdom with a smile. Take mental notes on who you admire and model your life’s actions after theirs.

I will be 25 years old in less than 12 hours. My life has reached a milestone. I am a quarter of a century and am eager to see how the rest this century plays out with me living life to the fullest.

How are you living your life?