Best Advice I've Ever Given and Received

My friends always tell me that I give the best advice. They come to me with an issue and instead of telling them what they should do, I analyze the situation rationally (as the Libra that I am), and give them various options as to how they can solve said issue. Apart from giving pretty good advice, I’ve also both received and come across great advice. I figure, why not share that knowledge with all of you? So bring out a pen and paper, you’re going to want to get these down.

1.  “Do the things that scare you.”

I always carry this thought with me when it comes to certain situations. The idea that sometimes, we have to do the things that scare us the most. Whether it’s switching jobs, moving to a new city or getting to know new people. This idea of stepping out of your comfort zone is so essential, and it has really helped broaden my horizons.

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2. “It’s okay not to be okay.”

Otherwise known as, “sh*t happens.” The best way to explain this one is that we must accept that, naturally, we’re going to have bad days. There will be days where our energy levels are at their lowest, and things are sure to go wrong. What we need to keep in mind is that we are allowed to not feel the best during days like these. Along with the fact that days like these will only last 24 hours.  

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3. “He’s just a guy.”

Ugh, boys. The amount of advice I’ve given to my friends about guys is unbelievable. The dreaded, “If a guy does or says ‘(insert confusing things guys say or do)’ what does it mean?” takes the cake for most asked. So naturally, I ask an array of counter questions and begin to analyze the situation. Ultimately, the conversation ends with my friend asking me, "So what should I do?” My response is always, “He’s just a guy.” I’d say, whether they want to talk to them or text them, it’s not that big of a deal. It’s not an interview for your dream job, or a life or death decision. You’re simply starting a conversation with someone, so chill, and do what you think feels right. Plus, you never know what good things can come from it.

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4. “Don’t be so quick to judge.”

We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, that’s pretty much what I mean. But furthermore, we can’t always judge people based on first impressions. While we all know that first impressions are important, they shouldn't be the end all, be all. I mean, imagine if someone’s first impression of you was when you were in a bad mood from having a horrible day, you would hope that person doesn't judge you based on that one time. Though some people do, and that’s okay, you just could be missing out on someone who, in reality, is a great person.

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5. “Do more of what makes you happy.”

I don’t know about you, but I have never come across someone who would say that they didn’t want to be happy in their life. You know, someone who’s like, “Yea you know what, I’ll pass on that ‘happiness’ thing. It’s not really a long-term goal of mine.” It’s funny to think about, but at the same time, there are so many people who forget to do more of what makes them happy. It can be so easy for us to get caught up on the everyday things in life as we try our best to juggle work, school, family and relationships. We barely slow down long enough to realize we aren’t making time for the little things that bring us joy, and truly make us happy. So whether its taking pictures, watching movies, collecting stamps or kicking back with your favorite tunes, make time for those things, if that’s what makes you happy. Trust me when I say, it really makes a difference, especially if you may not be having the best day or you’re just feeling off.

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