Okay, I’m just going to say it, “YOLO”. I know, I know, it’s an overused cliche that we’re all sick of hearing, although there are no do-overs in life. We get in ruts, deal with daily personal fires, and put up with crap when we shouldn’t. Sadly, it affects our overall health and happiness. Since life is short― enough is enough. No longer can we make those self-sabotaging or bad-choice mistakes that steal years from our lives. It’s time to get real…
Stop doing these dumb things:
1. Counting calories like our lives depend on it.
Most of the time you eat right, so stop obsessing over those calories. If you want a Krispy Kreme once in a while, get one. You work hard; you’re responsible, and you’ve damn well earned it.
2. Crying about things we can’t change.
That boy from high school who you thought was your soulmate is never going to ride in on a white horse and sweep you away. He’s probably fat and living in a trailer. Phew! Whatta good bullet to dodge, right? If something is out of your control, drop it like it’s hot.
3. Hold things in until we explode.
Next time your Starbuck coffee isn’t right, tell them you want a new one. Bottling thing up is bad for your health. Shun the stress by speaking your mind.
4. Working a dead-end job.
If you’ve been passed over again by another grad student for that promotion, quit. You want a job that has room for growth. Take control of your success, stop waiting for that lucky break.
5. Caring what other people think.
If you want to wear that clunky costume jewelry with those red pants, have the confidence to strut your stuff. If it makes you feel good, that’s all the matters. Because really― who cares what other people think. View the “haters” as “whatevs”. Live life for YOU.
6. Don’t appreciate the small things.
All the things you take for granted, give them a mental upgrade. Learn to appreciate what you have, then when you get something new, it’s even more exciting.
7. Hang out with negative people.
Cut away the dead weight. It doesn’t matter if you’ve known someone for 4 months or 20 years, abandon that sinking ship before they drag you down with them.
8. Dating assholes.
If your man can’t see you’re a prized possession, find someone who will. Don’t throw away good years, months, or even days on unworthy candidates.
9. Helping others too much that we neglect ourselves.
How often do we miss sleep because we’re helping someone through a rough patch? Do you prepare all the food for office parties? To make yourself a priority, you only need to say one word. NO! See how easy that was? BOOM! Instant “me” time.
10. Tolerating awful sex.
If your man can’t make your eyes roll in the back of your head like you do for him; be with someone who can. Don’t make me say the “Y” word again because I totally will. Any guy who plays the dumb card and hasn’t figured out a woman’s body in this technological age is either incredibly selfish or dumb as a stump. NEXT!
11. Afraid to take risks.
Fear keeps us in our crappy apartments, our sub-par jobs, and our la-de-dah relationships. It’s time to take that wild vacation, talk to that smokin’ hot bartender, and yes… go on the roller coaster that scares the bejeezus out of you. Bring. It. On.
12. Sh***in’ your time away.
If you want to learn a new language, knit, write a book, join the mile-high club or ride a Harley across the country, make plans to make those dreams a reality. If we make excuses for too long, we’ll be 90, wondering, “What the hell happened?” Life’s an adventure, now start living it!