Shay's Life Survival Guide
My name is Shay and I am writing to you because you need to know the basic necessities of life. Stick with me and we will conquer the world.
Are you ready?
Lesson 1: Admit your flaws
This lesson is number one because you have many flaws that you probably aren't aware of. If you asked one of your loved ones, they would probably give you a book about all your problems. That's exactly what you need to make a list of all your flaws and then burn it. This way, you know what your problems are and you aren't affected by them.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where people are constantly putting each other down. This means they are constantly telling you what's wrong with you and why you're probably a horrible person. (Just know that you are a wonderful human being.)
If you've ever been a victim of slander, then guess what? You're not the only one. Before anyone gets the chance to ridicule you, do it to yourself. Strip yourself (figuratively speaking) and admit everything that you think is wrong with you. This will lead to your personal development.
Lesson 2: Always strive to be the best version of yourself
There will never be another you. You are the first and last of you. If you have children, they probably remind you of yourself. That's normal, but guess what? They are not you. They have some of your characteristics, but they will never be you.
I know life can be overbearing sometimes and you may wish to be someone else, but just because someone's life seems better, doesn't mean it is. People pretend very well, including you. Never ever seek to be someone else because you are amazing.
When a day comes and you don't feel good about yourself, just remember you are the only version of you. This means you need to be the best version of yourself.
Lesson 3: Never take anything personal
There are times when people will ridicule you and make you feel really bad about yourself. Guess what? Their criticism says nothing about you, but about them. If you allow what someone else say or do affect you, then you have given away your power.
You cannot control what someone says or does, you can only control yourself. When someone says something about you that makes you upset, remember they have something negative to say about you because they want to make their self feel better. This means they believe you are above them and they have to tear you down to elevate their self.
I know words hurt and it is not easy ignoring people, especially the ones you love. But you're going to have to learn to live your life for you. Never stress over the things you cannot change.
Lesson 4: Conquer your fears
Everybody has one thing that gives them shivers down their spine. For me, it is falling from a high place. I know it's weird, but I have this innate fear when I stand on a high ledge and I look down, I just imagine myself falling and that freaks me out.
Anyway, whatever your fear is, make a plan to conquer it. Fear is an illusion and if it isn't addressed, it will eat you alive. Make a list of everything that terrifies and commit to conquering only one. If you decide to conquer each one, great. If not, that's fine too. Please do not let your fears consume you.
You only have one life and that is all you need to face your fear.
Lesson 5: Achieve one life goal
There are probably lists of things you want to do that you haven't gotten around to doing. Maybe your schedule doesn't allow it or maybe you're too afraid of what may happen (revert back to previous lesson for fear conquering) or may not happen.
Whatever the situation, do not let this deter you. Life is tricky sometimes and it can bring unexpected and unwanted surprises. When this happens, it is easy to retreat to the safest path. However, life was meant to be explored. You will never see the fullness of life if you keep playing it safe.
Review your list of things you want to accomplish and make a commitment to accomplishing one goal. Once that goal is completed, it will be easy to accomplish the others. Stop making excuses why you can't and just do it. What are you waiting for?
This is your life.
Now that you have seen my survival guide for life, it is time to implement it.
Get ready. Get set. GO!