“The main function of man is to live – not to exist”Jack London
Sometimes, as if it were a sudden intuition, we realize that we are facing life too passively, as if we had installed the autopilot.
And the days pass, one after the other, without being able to say we really lived them.
So the days, months and years pass.
With the strange and elusive feeling that each day has passed in the same way as the previous one.
All of this is fine, I think.
But only until we find ourselves elderly and look back on our lives with regret.
Until we realize that maybe we really should have chased our dreams, without shelving them for lack of courage.
Until we realize that we have not loved enough, that we have not lived completely.
If we really want to live our life in full, savor it to the fullest, enjoy it in all its innumerable and sublime facets, instead of limiting ourselves to an existence of mere survival, we must therefore find a way to live now in the fullest of our possibilities.
To have no regrets tomorrow, when perhaps it will be too late.
Live here and now. Not tomorrow. Life is a unique and precious resource.
Below I have tried to list a list of ideas, many of them obvious, which can be useful to remind us how we can truly be the protagonists of our life and live it in full every day.
Maybe the best advice.
Fall in love, if you haven’t yet. Fall in love with your partner again. Show him your love every day.
Leave all caution behind and let your heart overflow with love.
Love your parents, your relatives, your friends.
Love all humanity, one person at a time.
- Find your passion.
Try to find out what really excites you. Try to understand what you are really passionate about. Try to make sure that what you really love becomes your job.
Think first of what you like to do. Then try to do your job.
It may be difficult, but remember that you probably only have this life to live.
- Live outdoors.
Don’t barricade yourself in the house.
Go out, breathe the fresh air of the morning, enjoy the afternoon sun or the evening breeze.
Go out when it rains, walk on the beach, take a walk in the woods. Do outdoor sports.
Be aware of the spectacle of nature that surrounds you.
- Seize the opportunities.
We often live a little too cautiously, afraid of what could happen to us if we make a certain decision.
We tend to avoid risks, fearful of danger.
But often this precludes many favorable opportunities.
Rationally analyze situations and, if it’s really worth it, don’t think twice, take action.
Find your way to travel and see the world. Don’t put off traveling until you’re old.
Give up something to put aside the money you need to travel.
You are too young not to see the world.
Explore, discover, go on an adventure, embrace the thrill of the journey.
- Rediscover what’s important to you.
Make a list of the things that really matter in your life. Add what you want to achieve. In all, there should be no more than 4-5 things on the list.
Now just focus on these. They represent the center of your life, what really matters to you.
Focus your life on them. Don’t put them off, don’t deny them your time.
- Eliminate everything else.
Everything that is not on the list of important things is very often just a distraction, an impediment that does not allow us to act on our values and priorities.
As far as possible, simplify your life by eliminating or minimizing everything that is not on the list of important things.
- Taste food.
Do not just simply eat, but try to savor the food, to taste its flavors.
Try to perceive the deepest sensations that taste transmits to you. Slowly chew each bite.
Make food and every meal a meditation ritual.
- Turn off the TV.
How many hours do we spend in front of the television? Probably too many, in any case.
Turn off the TV and try one of the thousand alternatives that life offers you.
Use the TV only to see a movie you really like from time to time.
- Wake up early in the morning.
Get up early and say goodbye to the new day. Admire the sunrise.
Use this time to meditate or do yoga. Savor a cup of tea.
Be part of the silence of the morning. Make your time.
- Keep in shape.
Get off the sofa and go for a walk. Try running, swimming or cycling.
Stay active. Make sport fun. Involve your family and friends.
Make it a habit, make sport an integral part of your day. You will feel more alive.
- Be positive.
Learn to recognize the negative thoughts that form in your mind. They can be doubts, criticisms, complaints, apologies.
Try to stop these thoughts and replace them with positive images.
Find the beauty in what surrounds us. Look for solutions. You smile.
- Face your fears.
What do you fear most? What keeps you from acting when you want instead?
Whatever your fears are, try to recognize them and try to face them.
It is the only way to get rid of it.
- Slow down.
Life flows at a pace often difficult to sustain. This is not healthy.
Try to act deliberately more slowly.
Eat, drive, walk. Start doing everything calmly.
Take your time. Enjoy what you do.
Learn to give unconditionally. Stay close to those who need it.
Stay close to the sick and disabled. Help serve meals in the canteens for the homeless.
- Play with children.
Children, more than any other, know how to live. Children are always present in the moment, fully.
Try learning from them instead of thinking you know a lot more about them.
Play with the children and learn from them to live with the same joy.
- Talk to the elders.
Nobody is wiser than someone who has already lived through much of their existence.
The elderly can tell you wonderful stories, surprise you with their irony, give you invaluable advice.
Each elder still has a world to give to those close to him.
Love them and stay close to them, they are the wisdom of our time.
Constantly try to improve yourself, never feel complete or satisfied.
Not because you are imperfect, but simply because learning is rewarding and a source of satisfaction.
You have to accept yourself for who you are and learn to love yourself, but always try to improve yourself.
It is a way of getting to know and discover the world around us better and fully enjoy the beauties of life.
- Do nothing.
In spite of what has been said so far, there is undoubtedly a meaning also in doing nothing.
This means not reading, not watching TV, not sleeping, not speaking.
Doing nothing means staying with yourself, in silence, aware of our deepest self.
Try it for a few minutes every day.
- Break the routine.
Do you feel like doing the same things every day? Try to change.
Introduce small variations in your daily agenda. Try new ways.
Start the day differently, look at things in a different perspective.
- Be present.
Instead of rethinking what you have already done, or worrying about what may happen tomorrow, focus on what you are doing now, right now.
Live the present with awareness, live the moment.
Always stay aware of your breathing and what surrounds you.
Do your meditation practice.