“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Living your life to the fullest might seem scary for some of us. This is especially true for some people who are scared of being out there. But life is too short to feel that way, you only live once and you should make the most out of it. You might sometimes ask yourself why are you not living your life as others do? The answer is this: because they try their best to do the things they want to do that makes them happy. They don’t have it easy as you might think they are. They are just brave enough to smile and keep moving forward despite the circumstances they may face. If they can do it, why can’t you? That is why here are some ways to live your life to the fullest:
1. Live in the present.
Stop dwelling in your past mistakes and memories, move on and keep moving forward. There is more to life than wallowing on those things. Make it as a lesson for you not to do those past errors and learn from them instead.
2. Take risks.
Sometimes one of the best things you will ever experience are the ones where you took risks. And the statement “You will never know unless you try” is true in so many levels. Be adventurous and go out of your comfort zone. If you’ll never learn to take risks then your life will be boring. One day you will look back on your life and you’ll feel happy and satisfied taking those risks and not regretting them.
3. Decide what’s important in your life.
Do not let other people dictate your future. You should do what makes you happy and inspired to go on through life. Don’t let the opinions of others discourage you. You do you, your friends and family are there to support and guide you but in the end, it’s still your decision that holds water. Once you know and do what’s important, everything will just fall into place.
4. Be open-minded.
Trying to keep an open mind on things is important, just because you’re right doesn’t mean it’s the absolute truth. Everyone has their own opinion on things and you should learn to respect and understand them. When someone gives you constructive criticism, accept it with grace and try to improve that certain area of your life. Sometimes the people around us can observe and see things in us that we don’t often observe.
5. Do volunteer work for others.
Every single day, you will see someone who could use help. It is always important to give back to others. One thing you can do is join organizations that advocate on helping the needy. You might not have much to give but your very presence and helping out in their programs make a huge difference already.
6. Surround yourself with the right people.
Being around your friends and family that genuinely cares for you are the type of people you should surround yourself with. They will say the right things (even the things you don’t want to hear) because they only want what’s best for you. Genuine people are very hard to find in our society today, so when you find them, learn to not take them for granted. Be grateful for their presence and support that they give you.
7. Set and write down your goals.
Write your goals on a planner. Make sure that you’ll be able to fulfill those things that you have written down. There’s no good reason to wander aimlessly through life and have no concrete plans and goals. These things will help you become more determined and encouraged to do better in order to achieve them.
8. Know that you can go through life alone.
No man is an island. You can’t do all the things you want to work on alone, acknowledge that you need help sometimes. Be grateful for those people and learn to say “thank you”.
9. Explore new places.
Traveling more can help you appreciate our world more, you will be able to meet new people and experience other cultures.
10. Take care of yourself.
This is probably the most important thing to do and the thing you should never forget. Exercise, drink lots of water and eat right. If you are able to take care of yourself then that means that you will also be able to take care of others.
11. Find your passion.
What makes you happy? What is that thing that motivates and drives you to do more and become really good at it? If you have found an answer to that question, then that is your passion. Pursue it, make it as your full-fledged career. Some may find this a bit hard to do, but if you do what you love, you will still keep moving forward amidst all the trials and challenges you will face.
12. Stop comparing yourself to others.
People have their own pace in life. If one’s already successful and you’re not, stop being jealous about it and just focus on your own life. You will have your time to also flourish and become successful. For now, wait patiently and do your own thing.
13. Never be afraid of change.
The only thing that is constant in our life is change, so we should learn not to let fear deprive us of improving for the better. However, know that the only person you can change is yourself. You should stop expecting others to behave in a certain way. Instead of demanding others around you to change, focus on changing yourself. You’ll live a more fulfilling and happier life this way.
14. Embrace mistakes and disappointments.
Nobody is perfect, the more mistakes you make, the more experience you will have. Identify those lessons that you have experienced so that you can build on them. A lot of people try to avoid the feeling of disappointment. They develop a negative relationship with such feeling. However, disappointment is part of being human — it reflects and shows your real and raw emotions. Do not resist it — rather, embrace it.
15. Love life.
Be grateful that you are alive. Wake up every single day with a thankful heart and make every second count. You only have one life so you should learn to love it. There is so much more to know out there and so a lot to experience that it’s just wonderful. As you live here on earth, always remember to love and cherish life. It is the only way we have to live.
I hope these tips help you to appreciate and live life more to the fullest. Even when things don’t work out the way you want them to be, you just have to get back up and try again. Life’s too precious to let it go to waste, so go out there and start living your life to the fullest!