Every few years I check in with my own life, to ensure that it is forming in the way that I want it. I am of the mindset that I have only one, and so this one is very, very important to me, as yours should be to you. Because of this I wrote a sort of ‘checklist’ to keep me on the high road in creating the type of life I want to lead. This is not to say I am always successful, but it helps to write out the words and be honest about how well (or not) I am doing. Perhaps they will inspire someone to make a list of their own. And here they are:
I allow myself to make mistakes without feeling like I am a lesser person.
I will never turn from anything I would like to do because of intimidation or fear of change.
If I am unhappy I will discover the reason and seek to remedy it.
I will support and give strength to others.
I will never give another person the power to dictate who I am or what I am capable of.
I will realize that most people, most of the time, are just as silly, ignorant and lost as I am.
I will never stop learning and I will never reach the point where I have ‘it’ figured out.
I will not live beyond my means.
I understand that there are many different parts of myself and all must be acknowledged and attended.
I will always work to be better.
I will not shirk responsibility but never by shackled by obligation.
I will not allow my possessions to have power over me.
Now this is a relatively personal post, but I thought it important to share because I honestly can say it has and continues to help me focus my mind on those next decisions.
An additional coping mechanism I have if I am feeling overwhelmed is to read Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha. At this point I have lost count of the times I have read this book, but it has accompanied me from adolescence to the present and each time I read it, I discover something new.
And finally, below is a video encapsulating the terror of forming a life worth living.