Just the other day, I was in my room having a marathon Fortnite session that went exceedingly well. Thanks in part to my godlike gaming abilities, my teammates and my trusty Spectrum Internet connection. While basking in the afterglow of intensive gaming with friends, I couldn’t help but reflect on how things are in constant motion these days. Take Fortnite for instance. Nobody could have dreamed an MMO shooter game would grip the world and send people into a frenzy. Remember that time the server went down and people didn’t know what to do with their time?
So with self-reflection came self-examination about what I learnt as a person this year so far. Let me share those insights here with you:
- Insight 1 – Do not Take Things for Granted:
I had the good fortune of visiting different countries this year. One thing I noticed was the lack of many of the necessities of life we take for granted. Clean water, healthy food, electricity and internet are considered luxuries in parts of Africa, Asia and South America. So value these things because there are millions out there, living without them.
- Insight 2 – Work Life Balance:
I have found that the key to a happy life is to find a manageable balance between work and personal life. Now, I’m not asking you to slack off from work. Nor to spend less time with family than at your job. I’m suggesting that you follow a simple rule in life; work hard, party harder. How does one do this? I’m glad you asked. It is a simple 3 step process:
- Find a job you love and enjoy doing.
- Be very good at it.
- Convert what you get out of the job into experiences shared with friends and family.
Do this right, and you will feel your quality of life improving substantially.
- Insight 3 – Look Sharp:
I’m sorry but the scruffy look went out of style a few years ago. I spend a lot more time now on how I look and I’m perfectly fine with that. After all, it’s a sad fact but people do judge a book by its cover. First impressions are the last impressions, so make sure your fashion sense is keeping up with the times. No need to go hipster, just keep it simple, light and chic. My advice to those aged 16 to 30, look up attire, hair and beard tips on Pinterest. Take it from me; it will change how people view you drastically.
- Insight 4 – Read More:
My body is my temple and it stands to reason that I constantly care for it. However, don’t forget your body is a temple to house your mind. Therefore, it’s just as important to keep your brain healthy and fit. The best way to do that is reading. I know some of you may be a bit put off by this but hear me out. Start off with contemporary books that you have seen your friends or people around you reading. This not only gets you into reading, it also makes for great conversation topics with other people who have read the same material. You can even gain insights from their interpretations of the book and compare them to your own. Reading books and discussing books is food for the brain and something you should definitely include in your life this year.
- Insight 5 – Get a Pet:
I have two dogs; I adore them both, as do they. Having raised them from pups to adulthood, I can tell you it’s one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Having a pet has taught me responsibility, compassion, care and belonging. I believe only the feeling of having your own child trumps the feeling of having a pet. Both can be equally emotional stages in life. That’s not to mention that studies have shown having pets helps people with anxiety or depression. So go get yourself a furry friend right now!
The thing to take away from here is that life is a constant learning process. No one gets it right 100% of the time. No one is too old to learn something new. Everyone has their own lives and has to live them on different terms. In my humble opinion, the best way to live is to be superior to your former self. Always endeavor to improve your lot in life and you will be as close to perfect as it gets.