In the roar of bad mental health, panicking and making somewhat questionable decisions that my life has now turned into, I appear to have forgotten exactly what makes me a good person: exactly who I am, and why I do the things I do.
Here’s a short post, just to remind myself – and you – of what I try to live by. Maybe this will help you, too, because I think that these supposed rules are so important.
My “Rules” of Life
Always be kind to others. It doesn’t hurt anybody – it helps them – and it only takes a second to tell people how much you love them
Help others as much as you can; you’d want people to do the same for you and helping people, when they need it, is the right thing to do
Conversely, you need to take time for yourself: you can’t help anyone if you’re so miserable that you can’t help yourself. Don’t neglect you as a person.
You can love as strongly, as deeply, as you did before. There’s nothing wrong with falling in love, with expressing your love to anyone.
Live in the present as much as you can, and only worry about the future when you can do something about it. What’s the point in dwelling on “what if?” Don’t drown in the past: remember what you have now.
It’s okay to be angry, but don’t let it consume you. People shouldn’t walk all over you – you need to stick up for yourself – but anger isn’t the sole fuel in life.
Never do something if it makes you utterly miserable but it makes someone else happy, or placates someone. Here, your happiness comes first; you are so important.
Listen to your friends. They love you, and you love them; their advice is invaluable. They’re your friends for a reason.
You can’t please everyone; don’t try. Let people love you when you can, and love them in return: don’t put your guard up, but remember that people are only as good as they make themselves.
Most of all? Strive to be happy. You don’t think it, but you deserve it.
From Elm 🙂