“To live is the rarest thing in the world, most people exist, that is all.”
-Oscar Wilde

I’m sure you’ve heard this quote before, but do you know what it truly means? Most of us think we are living until we look deeper into our lives. We drudge through the same day over and over, and think that is what living is.

It’s safe to say that most people dislike their job, despite the fact that it takes up a large portion of their lives. We live for the weekend, just to be so exhausted that all we can bring ourselves to do is relax and watch reruns of How I Met Your Mother.

Is this living?

We do what we’re supposed to do. What we’re told works. We go to college, get a 9-5, and dread Monday’s. Then, we simply dread each day until we retire.

Why is that the American dream?

This quote means we should make our days count, not just casually drift through on autopilot. We should take control of our lives, and actually build something that makes us excited to get out of bed each day!

How do we do that though? How do we live our lives to the absolute fullest?

    1. Find a job that you enjoy: With the internet, you can literally just whip up a job that you would enjoy. (Okay, maybe not literally) but you get the picture. There’s blogging, ebay, etsy, graphic design, direct sales, and so many other opportunities out there that make owning a business fairly easy. Think about what you enjoy and go from there! A good book to read on this topic is Start.: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters
      Or, learn what I do.
    2. Explore hobbies: Find classes, YouTube tutorials, browse Hobby Lobby, read a book, listen to an audio-book, or volunteer.
    3. Take care of yourself mentally: Say it with me “Personal development books are not just for crazy people.” Did you say it? No? Try again. This misconception is why so many of us struggle with anxiety and depression. If we were taught at a young age that bettering ourselves was normal, imagine the world we would live in! Buy a book on amazon or download an audio-book. You don’t have to tell anyone, just do it. Check out my favorite personal development books here.
    4. Take care of yourself physically: As Elle Woods said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t just shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” It’s true! When you least want to exercise is probably when you need to the most. Need help in this department? 

When I die, I hope to look back and think, “Wow, what a crazy journey. It sure was fun though!” When you’re on your death bed, what will you be thinking?

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