I remember when I was in the first grade, I told my best friend that I did not care to be her friend anymore because she annoyed me. I also remember the consequences of that. Of course, we’re children, so she started crying and told the teacher, who then sat us down at a table together and told us not to get up until we were friends again. My reply to the teacher was, “Well, that’s not what it’s like in the real world!” Now, that’s a side story – but I promise it’s pertinent!
If you’ve been following Lauren Conrad’s blog for any good amount of time, you know that it’s a pretty solid blog. This article is not any different in comparison to the others. These are some of her interpretations of lessons she’s learned in the real world – yes, the same real world that I referred to as a child.
#1. Some questions you will never have the answers to.
Sometimes there are things in life that happen and make us ask, “Why did this happen to me?” Or perhaps there are external circumstances that make you question, “What is wrong with the world?” Regardless of what you are asking, if it’s an open-ended question like these, you can expect an open-ended answer. And it’s perfectly okay – once you make peace with the fact that sometimes questions don’t have answers.
#2. It’s not about being the fastest.
Lauren Conrad says that we all get carried away with time. In our culture, especially – it seems as though we have time for nothing of true value. And it’s true! We’re all rushing to get the next big promotion, the next big life event, such as an engagement, among other things. If we push through these very fragile, very specific (time-wise) things, we’re going to miss the point. We’re going to miss the joy and the simple pleasure from these things. Take your time, it’s okay.
Being the fitness junkie that I am, I have to agree with this. You’ll stress too much about fitness if you think it’s about the scale – the inches, or the like. The reason exercise isn’t about numbers is because although that’s a bi-product of it, exercise is about taking care of yourself health-wise, mentally, perhaps even spiritually. She even says, as quoted, “You will find that the more you accept your natural physique and embrace the figure you were given, the more you will fall in love with your body and treat it like a temple.”
#4. Never settle.
When you settle, you set yourself up your disaster. It is easy to convince ourselves several self-defeating things, such as, “I deserve this,” or perhaps – “I guess this is as good as it gets.” No matter what you do in life, if you settle, you cheap yourself out of true happiness. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are good types of settling – as in, settling for a job until you can work your way up to the one of your dreams. You do what you have to do. But in other aspects – don’t settle.