Life Mottos

In my almost 27 years on this earth, I have come to believe in two life mottos:

1. Things happen as they should and when they should

2. Always try your best

Some people think these two mottos are contradictory (if things are going to happen anyway, then why try?), but I think of them as complementary.

See, I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason and that events unfold when they should (as a believer in God, I do think He gives us what we need, when we need it).

However, this doesn’t mean that we should take a passive approach to life and WAIT for things to happen; unless you’re extraordinarily lucky, good things don’t happen by chance.

This is where the “trying” comes in. Always try your best and take advantage of opportunities, because if you don’t try, you don’t know what could happen. Trying gives you a chance – whether that’s to gain knowledge, experiences, win the lotto, whatever. Not trying gives you nothing – literally nothing.

And if you put in your 100%, but the outcome isn’t what you wanted, that’s because something better is waiting for you down the road.

Every time I am afraid to take the leap, I remind myself of the above – and every time, a month, weeks or even years later, I have had an “Aha! That’s why I…(insert moment of revelation here)”.

So, note to self: don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back. Put your best foot forward. If it happens, it happens.

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Ps. I now have an insta account (@sociallyawkwardetiquette)

Breathe, Just Breathe

2020… I think most of us would agree that this year has been challenging to say the least. Because, hello? Global pandemic in the form of Covid 19.

It’s been scary, not knowing what is going to happen, not knowing if we, or our loved ones, are going to be affected.

It’s been frustrating, not being able to visit our friends and family. Not having the freedom to move around as we want.

It’s been lonely, not having the face to face social interactions that we as humans crave.

It’s been hopeful, seeing some countries begin to recover.

It’s been enlightening, being forced to slow down in a world that moves at a lightning pace, and actually think.

It’s been a revelation, that the things that we took for granted in the past, some of the most simple pleasures, like giving someone a hug, or spending time with family and friends, or taking a walk around the block, are the things that matter most in life.

It’s been a rollercoaster, as we jump from one emotion to another, as some days things seem to get better, and then other days it seems to go backwards.

But, friends, take a deep breath in. Let it out. And repeat.

This is but a moment in our lives, an experience that will shape us for the better or worse.

Breathe. In. And out. Repeat.

Take this time to be present in the moment.

Because this too shall pass.

Sae xo