i.e. life advice from someone who probably should not be giving life advice, but here you are anyway.
Back at the start of Freshman year (when everything was lovely and I was in Paris) I made this post, which was a collection of my rules for living—most of which were stolen from my favorite book “Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination.”
I still live by most of those rules, but now that I’m entering my third year of school, I thought I should update my list to include any newfound experience and wisdom.
So here you are:
- Never panic. Stop, breathe, think.
- Nothing is ever as bad or as good as it seems.
- Never change the cut or color of your hair before an important event.
- It’s ok to be sad sometimes, and it’s ok to lounge about in that sadness for a while.
- If your friends are constantly making you feel anxious, stressed, or sad, get new friends. It’s not as hard as it seems.
- Eat free food whenever the opportunity arises.
- Check yourself before you wreck yourself. (It took me a long time to realize what this phrase means. Sometimes I blame the world for my problems, when it’s really my own fault. I just forgot to examine my own actions.)
- Use your emotions like fuel. Angry? Get some angry cleaning done. Sad? Channel your Romanticism and write it out. Happy? Walk down the street humming “I’m walking on sunshine.”
- Pack lightly when traveling.
- Read hard things for reasons other than to have something smart to say at a party. (If you’re searching for something to say at a party just ask, “Would you rather have the power of flight or invisibility?”)
- Never regret anything.
- If you start to regret something then say “But if I had done it that way I might have accidentally started a second cold war, or gotten hit by a bus or something.”
Do you have any life rules you would die without? Write in the comments! I’m always looking for things to add to my list.