Life is All About Balance in Almost All Aspects
Life is really a game when you get to the bottom of it all. It's all about dealing with whatever hand you were dealt and making the best of it. Some people have been dealt very bad hands, while others have been dealt great hands. As long as you find the means to excel in your life with the hand you have, your starting point will make less of a difference.
I think that everyone, regardless of origins, has had an event happen if their lives that has truly changed them, either for better or worse. Regardless of how their lives changed as a result, the common thread seems to be that they all begin to reevaluate their philosophies on life and alter them to better suit their new perception of reality. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing, but if there is anything that comes from a horrible event that be considered good, it's this; we can learn from the situation and use it as motivation to excel more.
I've learned an important aspect about life and how becoming truly happy can be achieved when you wrap your mind around it; balance. Everyone is different with various lifestyles and upbringing, but our perception of reality is always the determining factor for out happiness. What we do alters that perception and too much of anything can lead to distressful circumstances.
While there are exceptions to this philosophy, I believe that almost everything needs to be a matter of balance in life in order to truly get the best out of it. This can be applied to the most trivial of matters such as exercise or eating. Many people, me included, love to exercise because you feel very accomplished afterwards, but you have to know when to say enough is enough. You cannot go overboard in working out and need to set some time aside to allow your body to recuperate and get ready for the next session. On the other hand, you can't laze around too long or your body will become too adapted to the lack of exercise and it will become harder to exercise.
You need to set a routine schedule of exercise that balances out the grueling work outs and the time where you relax and allow your body to heal. This is how you can get the best results in exercise and, while I only used this example as an intro to balance, I think this same philosophy can be applied to almost every aspect of life.
The same can be said for working and and partying; too much of either one will start to unravel aspects of your life. If you love partying, getting together with friends, and just having a good time, that's great and, by all mean, go to it. You just need to balance out those moments with working and everything will be perfect. You still have a great time in life, but not to the point where your work is thrown aside. If you do nothing but work, the amount of stress that can be piled on top of your shoulders may become too much to bear at times. Everyone needs time to just sit back and relax without a care in the world in order to counteract all the inherit stress life can bring to you.
How about relationships? The same principal of balance fits in very nicely in this aspect of life as well. Know when to allow your significant other some space and free time because a relationship that is overloaded with emotion and continuous togetherness can get very stale and make the people involved more prone to fight.You need time apart and with your respective friends to keep the relationship a balanced and fresh one where each person involved is respecting their space and alone time. At the same time, the relationship should not be bare of intimate moments and genuine emotion, or else it wouldn't really be right to call it a relationship. Having a great time with your girlfriend and boyfriend, but also setting aside time for yourself, can truly make a relationship last a long time and keep it fresh and engaging.
The sam edna be said with the friends you hang out; you love them, but at times, it's always good to meet new people or just have some time alone to do activities you personally love such as reading, writing, exercise, movies, ect. These are some of examples of where balance can truly be a great aspect to apply to in life and there are so many more; what you eat, who hang out with, drinking, humor, seriousness, and much more. They all have a place in life and can lead to great fun or content circumstances, but there is always a point where you need to know when to stop and spend time doing the opposite. It's not bad to perhaps go a steak every now and then, but always remember that balance can really help segment any type of stress or overindulgence.