Today I bring to you ten things I believe. A serious version and a silly one. Because I can never be all serious and deep and meaningful on this blog. Well, not very often, anyway.
Ten Things I Believe: Serious Version
1. Be kind.
You know that internet meme about how everybody has an internal struggle you know nothing about? THAT. Basically just be kind. Don't be a dick also works here.
2. Introverts are awesome!
Well, duh. I'm super duper introverted and just look how awesome I am!
3. When you're dead, you're dead.
I don't believe in God or heaven. I think it's the same as before you were born. You just don't exist anymore. You'd think this belief might give me some sense of urgency to do something with my life beyond EAT ALL THE CAKE. Apparently not. Oops.
Having said all of the above, I still reserve the right to believe in Emergency God. You know, when you're suddenly in a crisis and you start praying "Please god, let everything be okay..." There were certainly many times I prayed to a God I don't even believe in during my breast cancer experience. I just can't say 'journey'.
4. Family is everything. I am so very lucky to have such a beautiful family and extended family. They mean the world to me. I LOVE them so much. And I'd also love them to leave me alone now and again. See point number 2. Ahem.
5. You don't have to like or be liked by everyone.
It took me a while to figure this one out. Some people won't ever like you no matter what. You could give them a yacht and a million dollars and they still won't like you. Although, if you want to test that theory I'm open to offers. I'd prefer a mansion and two million dollars, thanks. I promise I'll like you! Probably.
6. You wouldn't worry about what others thought of you if you knew how seldom they did.
This one is courtesy of Dr Phil and fits in with the previous point. At least I got something out of hours of my life watching his show that I'll never get back.
7. Happiness isn't the natural state for human beings a hundred percent of the time.
I read a book called The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris and it completely changed my way of thinking about happiness. Truthfully, happiness is just one of the gamut of emotions that everyone experiences during their lifetime. Nobody feels blissfully happy and contented every single second of every day, no matter what the highlight reels on their social media look like.
8. What some one thinks of you is none of your business. Related: if you happen to think my blog sucks I'd prefer not to know. Just click away...
Oh wait. Judging by the paltry amount of folk reading here, this is already happening. Sigh.
9. I'm in no competition with no one.
This is yet another internet meme. But whatever works, right? This resonates with me.
10. Letting go of the notion of having high self-esteem or self-confidence.
This is another light-bulb moment courtesy of The Happiness Trap. The idea is that you stop judging yourself as a person. This is still something that I fall back into from time to time and have to keep reminding myself.
Upon reflection it appears that I have gleaned a lot of wisdom from internet memes. Who said Facebook can't be educational and enlightening?
Ten Things I Believe: Silly Version
1. Mornings suck.
I remember thinking that there should have actually been laws invented against getting up in the mornings before you were ready. That's how much my body protested against it. Mind you, I was having this thought in my late teens and early 20's. So you can imagine how eager I am to jump out of bed in my mid 40's.
2. Cake should be the sixth food group.
Sure, it's fattening and terribly bad for you. Details!
3. Ditto chocolate.
4. I believe in laughing at yourself and trying to see the funny side of stuff even when life is a tiny bit shit.
5. There should be Carpenters music piped at a loud volume through every shopping centre and public place. Then every one else would vacate the premises in horror and this introvert would have it all to herself! Genius!
6. Weight should be like height. You get to your most healthy weight for your height and it stays there permanently no matter what you eat. Why didn't I design the human body?
7. I believe in sleeping-in.
This is pretty self-explanatory. See point number 1.
8. I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky...
Okay, not really. But I DO believe that's one of the most annoying songs EVER. Says the woman who can listen to Carpenters songs about birds suddenly appearing and every sha la la la ad nauseam. Ahem.
9. I believe there should be a dinner fairy.
And a washing up fairy. And a housework fairy... And just fairies in general. And unicorns. Basically what I'm saying is I believe in wine. Shut up.
10. I believe I am all believed out. I believe I need a lie down.
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What do YOU believe?