2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.
3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.
4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.
5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.
6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.
7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.
8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.
9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.
12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.
14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.
15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.” —Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness (via pigmenting)
do you guys realize we can change our lives any time we want like you can just go ahead and delete your blog, stop eating meat, shave your head, start running, tell that person you hate why you hate them so much, confess your love to someone and kiss them unexpectedly like why don’t we do that
this is the most inspirational thing I’ve ever read
Into something I am not recognizing” —Phosphorescent, “Song for Zula”
- unexpected kindness in strangers
- the rest of the world to travel
- languages to learn
- animals to take care of
- volunteer work to do
- the power of a good night’s rest
- the changing of seasons
- infinite things to learn
- billions of people to meet and possibly love
- billions of people who might love you back
what’s funny about the future is that if you think about it long enough, it stops being the future and instead, becomes this tragically beautiful dream. you see your life play out like an art film. at first, it’s all black and white, foreground and background. but then things slowly start to come into focus and all of a sudden, you see it.
you see yourself in this strange place, the kind of bustling metropolis that has history in its cobble-stone streets, in its quiet river canals, and in its ornate yet timeless architecture; culture in its unobtrusive language, in its coffee shops with balconies made for people watching, in its museums and theatres and dive bars; and spirit in its way of being beautiful without shouting it to the world, in its kindness to tourists, and in its ability to make you feel like its borders are wrapping its arms around you.
you see yourself with this invisible partner, the kind of boy who prefers the unconventional to the ordinary; who goes on roadtrips using a paper map instead of a gps; who gets your jim and pam references, who laughs at himself despite the social stigma of laughing at one’s self in public, who gives you crinkly-eyed smiles and forehead kisses, and who looks at you in a way that says “i know, i know”.
you see yourself doing nothing but being happy, the kind of emotion that fills your entire being with wavelengths of light that you didn’t know existed, that makes you want to lay down on the little triangle of grass in the parking lot just to feel the earth spinning, that makes you feel soggy inside because there is so much love inside of you, love for yourself, others, and the world, and this love is fluid as it moves through your soul.
and then you come back and you see where you are right now and you feel emotionally distant from your life. you realize that you’re nostalgic for a life you’ve never had; for a city you’ve never been to, for a person you’ve never met, for a feeling you’ve never felt.
but it’s okay because that’s what’s so funny about the future. it means that there is still time. there is still time for these things to happen. there is still time for you to go somewhere, to meet someone, to feel something that changes your life. there is still time. so please don’t let regret stop you from doing something that you are still able to do. you’ve got a whole lifetime ahead of you, kid. there is still time.