“Don't you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you're not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you've lived nearly half the time you have to live already?” -- Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
Are you living your life to the fullest? For some people, living an optimal life is like wishing to win the lottery. Others consider it as a daunting or overwhelming task that requires time, effort, and money. However, contrary to what these people believe, living life to the fullest is easier to achieve with few changes in their lifestyle, perception, and views.
In just simple ways, you can already live a saner, more satisfying, and healthier life without sacrificing your responsibilities at work, to your family, and at home. Whether you are living in the city or in a small town, you can make a change and live an optimal life. How?
Instead of your usual grabbing a cup of coffee, driving to work, and returning home after a whole day of stress, why not break this typical daily routine and learn to appreciate the things around you. Listen to the different sounds that nature produces and be aware of the beautiful surroundings that you often overlook due to the overwhelming responsibilities that you have.
Some individuals choose to hide the real them with the fear that their friends or colleagues will not accept them for who they are. However, making positive changes in life starts by loving and accepting yourself and being proud of who you are. Stop judging yourself as this put limit to the things that you can do and achieve. It is true that there are a certain part of the society that may not accept you, but what important is that you are courage to be yourself. Do what makes you happy and the ones that you’re good at because life is what you make it.
This may sound simple, but being happy is always a choice. You can choose to either end all your sufferings and give yourself the time to enjoy life or remain miserable until you can no longer deal with it. Part of being happy is to do things that can give you some excitement and adrenaline rush such as the ones you fill when you accomplish something you never dream of doing. Engaging in adventures and embracing new challenges will make your life more exciting.
Every individual has his own purpose in life. Finding something to live for and knowing your life meaning will enable you to become motivated to live a better and more fulfilling life. You have to clearly set your goals and determine what you want to achieve. This way you can easily identify the things that you have to take in order to achieve such goals. Along the path, you may experience life challenges that may test your courage, determination, and faith. The best thing that you can do is to be strong enough and committed to doing the best that you can overcome these trials no matter how big they are. Not accepting defeat and being motivated to reach your goals help you manage simple and even complicated things in life, and eventually achieve optimal living.