Jeanne challenged her readers to give their 'top 10' rules for life. So without further ado, here are ten tips (I wouldn't be so bold as to lay down rules!) from me. In no particular order:
- If you're helping out with a trial of something, don't assume it'll work. Most recent example: I'm part of an alumni email trial for my old University, and decided to use the (prestigious!) address to query a few magazines and ask for writers guidelines. It was several days later that I found out I couldn't receive any incoming email on that account. Ooops.
- There is such a thing as a free lunch. If you're not getting free lunches, you're not trying hard enough. (Same applies for various other kinds of freebies.)
- Ask everyone for advice. You don't have to follow it, but it's nice to have the option. This works particularly well for recommendations - whether it's restaurants, books, countries to visit... everyone has a useful set of mental lists.
- There will be some bad days. However great your life is, there will be some days markedly less great. If there's nothing important in your diary, it's okay to hide under the duvet sometimes - just don't make a habit of it. Which brings me neatly on to...
- Slipping once is okay. Slip twice and you've created a bad habit, and bad habits are very hard to break. Good habits, of course, are hard to form and break easily.
- If it makes you happy, it doesn't matter if it's silly. The sorts of little things that make me disproportionately happy include brightly coloured hangers in my wardrobe, fairy lights, neat storage systems, and a huge mocha mid-afternoon.
- People are more important than possessions. If you need me to tell you this, you should probably sell all your stuff and go out to make friends. Memories are also more important than possessions - I'd generally rather spend my money on a great experience than on more 'stuff'.
- You can do anything to your hair. It will grow out. My parents brought me up on this principle and I've never wanted to do anything more drastic than get layers, so it's probably a good way to stop your child rebelling by way of blue hair dye or a mohican.
- Some people can't stand living in a city. Some people can't stand living anywhere else. Those people are going to have trouble trying to live together.
And last but not least...
- Enjoy yourself. No-one else can do this for you. Create the life you want. If you're not happy with how things are, take steps to change the things that are making you unhappy.
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