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A Life Motto You Can’t Ignore: The Three P’s

Be present, patient and passionate. How’s that for an alliteration? It’s not only an alliteration, it’s a life motto that can easily be remembered and carried out.

    1. Be Present

It is easy to overwork yourself and get wrapped up in your infamous to-do list. At the moment, your to-do list may seem like the most important thing in the world, and if everything does not get checked off, then life goes from you being a hustler to a failure. In the long run, it will not matter if you do not have a fully checked off list. Life is a marathon, and that means you have to pace yourself and not expect to win the first go-around. There is no use in discouraging yourself, even if your life is not where you are wanting it to be. Work on being present and thankful where your life is right now, otherwise you will miss opportunities to experience life the way it is meant to be. If you constantly think about what could be, what will be, or what was, then your life will fly right past you and you will wonder why nothing in your life has really changed.

    2. Be Patient

Having patience will build up your endurance. There is power in patience and power in endurance. Whether you are waiting to get the right job or are waiting to meet the right person, building up endurance will make you even stronger for when that opportunity comes. Now, waiting does not just consist of sitting around. and re-watching your favorite TV show. Waiting looks like living your life in the present so when a new opportunity comes into your life, you will already feel full and content.

Pour all of your pent-up energy into others by serving or volunteering somewhere in your community. Just look around you and you will see opportunities to serve others. You may be waiting for your life to get better, but other people are waiting too. If you cannot help your own situation, start by helping someone else’s. Problems and worries have a way of fading in the background when you are lifting other people up. Volunteering and serving is a form of an outlet that will recharge you and fulfill you regardless of what stage of life you are in.

    3. Be Passionate

An outlet is more than what you plug your charger into to power up your devices. There are literal outlets and there are the metaphorical kind. Metaphorically speaking, your outlet is something you do that powers you up, gives you renewed energy, and prepares you to take on difficult tasks that eventually drain you of your power. Whether you are in college, working a full-time job, or living a double life having an outlet is necessary to be successful and content. You can volunteer, but you can also focus on your own passions. Whether it’s a sport, a fine art, a performing art, or a leisure activity your outlet should be something that does not add extra stress to your life. It should just be something you enjoy doing. So, if playing a sport gives you extra stress then that should not be considered your outlet. Instead, meet up for coffee or lunch with a friend. Go travel someplace new or somewhere comfortingly familiar. It does not have to be anything extravagant. Anything that will bring you renewed energy and zero distress is fair game. It should feel like you are escaping reality, even if it is just for a few moments. Everyone needs a little bit of a fantasy before going back to their normal life.

The way to the cabin Photo by averie woodard on Unsplash

Lastly, be passionate towards your relationships with others. Society today shys away from expressing love. Expressing love will look desperate, weird, or too forward. The world needs to eradicate that twisted way of thinking and embrace the most precious gift people will ever have and experience. Being passionate about relationships is simple. No overthinking is required. Video chat with a family member who is far away. Regularly check up on all of the people you love and see how they are genuinely doing. Spend quality time with people and do not be afraid to be the first one to reach out. Initiating is not weak and desperate. It is powerful, real, and shows that you have the strength and stamina to do something that a lot of people can no longer do. The more unafraid you are to show love, the more you will inspire others to do the same.

So be present, be patient, and be passionate.