My Secret To Life

Day 298/365: So simple, so overlooked!

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A quick search on Medium will show you just how many secrets to a good life there are out there. Meditation, yoga, thought control, Jedi mastering, therapy, elephant-riding in India. The list is simply endless.

If I were asked to give you my personal secret to life, to a good life, that is, I’d summarise it up into one single sentence that’s so obvious, but so overlooked, it’s weird and embarrassing we’re humans and not apply it in your lives.

Here it is:

“The secret to life is to never label yourself”

Got it? Good.

Wait, you need some explanations? All good.

If you tell yourself you’re anxious, for example, you are going to be anxious and it’s going to be very hard for you to get out of that bubble you’ll put yourself into. “I’m an anxious person” is the absolute worst way you can talk about yourself, regardless if you’re doing it in public or in your own head.

Especially if you’re doing it in your own head. Over and over.

“I’m a bad person” is a label that you apply to yourself after an experience, most likely, in which someone told you you’re less of a person than they are. Like when you got a bad grade and your teacher said you are worse than your colleague because your grade is shit.

No, they’re shit, but that’s for another post.

The truth is, if you don’t let other people into your soul with awful words, you can’t get to label yourself as bad, anxious, useless, unloveable and so on and then you can’t suffer because of your own labelling. Yes, people are not the ones who hurt you. You are the one who does that because you label yourself every day and you don’t want to do it the other way around.

Stop putting labels on every one of your actions, thoughts and feelings. Stop talking about yourself as you’re this and that. Simply be you, an unlabeled human, just as Nature, God, whatever you call it, designed you to be.

Simply be who you are. Period.

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