I turn 10,000 days old today – by far I can list countless things that I’m grateful for. And I have enough curiosity to keep me excited about what lies ahead.
But above all, I’m grateful for the person that I’ve become. Weird or wise, I’m close to being who I wanted to be like – not perfect, yet close – which wasn’t always the case.
That’s what stands out for me.
I’m sharing some candid ‘thoughts,’ and ‘beliefs’ that have stayed with me throughout the years to mark today:
- Family and friends first
The rest of the crowd comes and goes.
- Self-esteem comes from self-acceptance
Not from constant discontentment.
- Try doing it to know if you can do it
Actions teach better than assumptions.
- Feelings are a compass
To take you to the right places.
- Pain mellows down when felt
Shunning it or running away from it prevents healing.
- Regrets are common
There’s always ‘the other thing‘ that you could’ve done
- Fun has many definitions
Finding yours is what counts.
- Honesty brings peace
Clear conscience aids in better sleep.
- Prioritize kindness
It’s what you do to make the world suck less.
- Solitude is a friend
It helps you know yourself.
- Step out often
You learn to appreciate the universe.
- Look at the ocean or the sky
It makes your problems look small.
- Sit quietly and breathe
Being itself is a form of joy, a blessing.
- Time heals everything
Seems like an exaggeration but it does.
- Action kills doubts
More the action, the lesser your doubts.
- Completion brings fulfillment
Incomplete stuff gets bothersome.
- Half-hearted efforts are disheartening
They make the end result looks useless.
- Substance beats show
Merit eats glamour for lunch.
- Share ideas
They die when you hold them too close anyway.
- Smallest act
When feeling down, do the smallest thing that counts.
- Think before you Google it
The answers are often within.
- Everything is interesting
If you make it.
- Don’t be boring
Seriousness serves no purpose and makes life dull.
- Questioning is thinking
Non-thinkers don’t question much.
- Consistency is tough
It’s rewarding but still tough.
- Appreciate little things
That leads to lasting happiness.
- Believe that you’re deserving
That makes self-acceptance easier.
- Less thinking, more living
Not that easy, but always worth trying.
- Imagine the life you want
Then figure out the specifics.
- Talking heals
Holding stuff within suffocates us – but conversations free us.
- Don’t kid yourself
It’s easy but it’s not worth it.
- Surroundings affect us
Company of people, the air, the places, everything.
- You can’t escape yourself
So become somebody you’d be proud of and live with.
I’ve roughly distilled whatever I could think of – I’m using this post to mark this day.
Are these beliefs permanent? I can’t tell, but my life has mostly revolved around these for the past 10,000 days. Now as I grow older, the list will evolve with me.