Make your time count

“No matter how old we are, age is just a number, it’s never too late to love, to reach out or care for each other, to forgive a brother, or to find a lover. Life is a mystery waiting to be discovered.”

Make your time count.

It’s never too late

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It’s never too late. To say sorry. To be honest. To try again. To change your mind. To learn a lesson. To turn around. To alter your perceptions.To be who you might have been. To be who you want to be. We can always start now, no matter how old we are, how tied down we are, or how scared we are. We’ll never know unless we try. It’s never too late. Give it a go.

 

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Stay awake and curious

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Pleasure in life can quickly fade away with time. As we get older, we become accustomed to the life around us. As we get busier, we no longer take the time to look at life’s beauty. We begin to take our life for granted, always wanting something more, something better. But walking around blindly is to be numb to the happiness life’s beauty brings. Sometimes we need to open our eyes wide like it’s the first time we’re seeing something. Sometimes we need to open our eyes wide like it’s the last time we’ll see something. That’s how we capture life’s magic. Don’t be ignorant or indifferent. Stay awake and curious.

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Thought of the Day: Mistakes

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Mistakes. Some might say that they lessen with age. But truthfully, as we get older, we just get more afraid of trying and failing. So we stop putting ourselves out there. But we need to let go of this perception that mistakes are bad. There is no such thing as a bad mistake – with only one exception. The worst mistake we can make is to not forgive others or ourselves for mistakes. Sometimes good people make bad choices. Sometimes people make mistakes with good intentions. Sometimes people don’t mean to at all. Including us. If we try to avoid making mistakes, we’ll just end up avoiding life. And life goes on, whether you want to follow it or not. Make sure it doesn’t leave you behind.

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Four Lessons to Learn from Our Elders

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Our elders may have their quirks, but there is a lot to learn from them. This Christmas, I spent time with my grandfather, during which I was touched and inspired by his attitude and perspective towards life. I’ve put together four lessons that I’ve learnt from my grandparents, elderly neighbours and strangers:

  1. To love deeply and to express it graciously and amicably, in all ways possible for any person, whether it be a grand gesture for a spouse, a compliment to a friend, a helping hand to someone in need or a polite comment to a stranger.
  2. To work hard for oneself and our families, that the greatest satisfaction in life will come from building oneself up and improving oneself through the means available.
  3. To be grateful for everything; to say thank you often, even when it isn’t necessary and especially when it is unexpected and sincere.
  4. To want the best for everyone, to be pleased for others, to congratulate others, even if we do not agree or understand that person’s desires or situation, to wish them well and be happy for their success despite our own opinions.

What lessons have you learnt from your elders?

I’ve also written a ‘Five Lessons to Carry from Childhood to Adult Life’ if you’re interested: https://themidnightstation.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/five-lessons-to-carry-from-childhood-to-adult-life/

The Adult Illusion: What I’d tell my younger self

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When you turn eighteen, they say you are officially an adult. In many contexts, an adult seems synonymous with responsibility, and with responsibility comes the necessity to be knowledgeable and self-aware. But looking back on my eighteen year old self, I would say the experiences I’ve had in the years after have given me life lessons that could not have been handed to me on the day I turned eighteen. I wasn’t knowledgeable or self-aware enough then. I guess it just proves that we never stop learning as human beings. In honour of my twenty-first birthday, I wanted to commemorate some of the things I’ve learnt over the past few years and what I would have told my younger self if she could see me now. Of course, these things are by no means instilled in my, but at least I have a bit more knowledge and a bit more self-awareness so that I can continue to practice what I preach.

  • What seems big now won’t seem big in the future. Whatever you are panicking about, whatever you feel is the be-all-or-end-all of things will later only be a memory that you’ll laugh at. Things will always turn out alright whichever way they go. Relax, and be free.
  • Don’t waste time and effort on people who are negative, who don’t make you feel good about yourself, and who don’t make you who you want to be; don’t change for other people and don’t dwell in a negative environment. Cut loose, and find a new space.
  • Don’t care about what people think. This is a time to dream. Do what you want, and don’t sacrifice anything you want for yourself for other people. Stand up, and be happy.
  • Relating to the previous point, don’t feel like you have to do something just because everyone else is. That doesn’t mean you can’t try new things, but what’s the point in wasting time on things that you don’t like or don’t care about? Listen to yourself, and be you.
  • The harder things in life happen to everyone in different ways and you will be better for it. Even if you don’t change in the face of adversity, then all those hard things you’ve gone through just highlights who you really are and who you’re meant to be. Feel, breathe, and embrace.