Lately I’ve been feeling like right now is a good time to die.
Wait, wait, wait.
I’m not saying that I want to die…but that…if on the off chance it does happen (which, now that I think about it, is not THAT unlikely) I’ll totally be, like, cool with it dude.
So in commemoration of that I decided to write down some things that I hope I know at this point in my life.
I say I hope I know them because it’s one thing to write something down, and another thing completely to understand it, then internalize it, then live it. I mean, we’re all still struggling our way through the Ten Commandments, and those were written down like 4,000 years ago.
But, I guess, if I could distill whatever knowledge I’ve gained in the past 25 years into my very own version of the 10 Commandments, this would be it.
Each “commandment” carries with it so much more than I could possibly put into words; each lesson was learnt through blood, sweat and tears (as all lessons are learnt, cuz if you already know something, that means you don’t need to learn it, right?).
So, without further ado, here they are … Danielle’s 10 commandments:
- You always regret not treating people well.
- You can see anything with the right pair of eyes.
- Worry is absolutely pointless; a necessary, self-inflicted torture.
- It’s better to feel anger than to feel nothing. But it’s immeasurably better to not be angry, than to be.
- You are not who you say you are, or who you think you are. Whatever you do…you are.
- What parents teach without words, children learn without effort.
- What people think of you is 10% who you are and 90% who they are. Don’t obsess over the 90%, but don’t neglect the 10%.
- You can never run away from your problems because you are your problems.
- Sympathy does not negate responsibility.
- What is completely right for one person, can be completely wrong for another. And both are correct.
That’s 10. And a bonus.
That’s all. Just love.