My philosophy about life

Anna Davenport, Staff Writer

My philosophy about life.

You will feel pain, loss, suffrage and tragedy. You will also experience happiness, joy and success. Don’t spend your free time thinking “It’s alright if I keep on failing, I’m still young,” or “In the future I’ll do this and that” because your future will be decided by what you did in the past and what you do now. Never do anything you’d regret, living with regrets is one of the hardest things to do. Keep your morals intact, get rid of the useless ones. Don’t lie to yourself of others because it will only bring doubt. Life isn’t solely about your success or your failure. You can’t have success without failure, but if you don’t stop failing you’ll never succeed. Ten years from now, make sure you can say that you chose your life, you life, you didn’t settle for it. Life is not all about you nor all about others. How can you protect what you love when you can’t even protect yourself? It’s all about how you take charge. Do not drown for someone who won’t even get in the water for you. Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.

Never bully, degrade, underestimate or use someone. Words are much more powerful than anybody could ever imagine. Wars have begun and ended because of words. If you look at it properly, hangman teaches you that by saying the wrong things you could end someone’s life. If you say the wrong letters in hangman the man is hung which means game over. That’s the same in real life. Some hang themselves, shoot themselves, overdose, cut too deep and even jump off high places. The majority of suicide victims are bully victims. Suicide means killing yourself by the way. When you bully someone your words stick to them like glue. Each word, every day. Soon they start to believe the words and they can’t take it anymore so they end their lives. (Found this online, didn’t say who said this, and I completely agree.)

Open your eyes! You are not made up of those words that hurt you. Or that number on the scale. Or the expectations that you feel you will never meet. You are made up of nothing more than you. You are a lovely and complex person. An individually fascinating combination of thoughts, ideas, feelings and emotions. No other is you. Look past the mirror. Look at your personality. Only will you see yourself as you truly are.

Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten. Or so many you can bathe in it, roll around in it, let it slide like coins through your fingers. So much time you can waste it. But for some of us, there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.

Relationships aren’t for getting things, they’re for giving things. Never fall in love to make yourself happy. Fall in love to make the person you love happy. Relationships don’t need promises or terms and conditions. Just two people who love each other and want to be together.

“Never count yourself out or call yourself stupid. Don’t let people criticize you.” – Mark Webber (my teacher)

“All you have is your fire, and the pieces you need to reach. Don’t ever tame your demons but keep them on a leash.” – Hozier

“The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live.” – Norman Cousins