Ever since we’re tiny little humans, we’re given advice on a regular basis. Some of it we take, some of it we don’t. Some advice we wish we’d taken, while some we really wish we hadn’t. But of all the tidbits of advice we receive in our lives, there are some that just stick with us. Maybe it’s because the advice helped us get through a really hard time in our lives; maybe it came from someone who we hold really dear to our hearts; maybe it was just so very truthful. I was curious to know the special words that our other bloggers live by, so today we’re sharing with you the best advice we’ve ever gotten.
The best advice anyone has ever given me was “Make it hurt.” My mom said this to me when I was in kindergarten and we had a toy drive around Christmas. She made me give up my hello kitty house and I was devastated. She told me that being that upset to let go of it meant that I was giving up something special, and something that would make another child very happy. She continued to remind me of this lesson in everything I did – from track meets to studying for tests, she taught me that the only way to know you have really given something your all is if you try so hard it hurts.
The best advice I was ever given was to never touch anything with half your heart. “Remember that your own happiness and comfort comes above all things. Always eat breakfast every morning :), don’t be afraid to ask for help, do what you love and remember that you always have a choice. Find the joys in life and cherish them forever.” This was whispered to me one day and has never left my soul.
Two things, both from mom. First, “Never date anybody you wouldn’t let your daughter date.” THINK ABOUT IT. This is genius. And secondly, “When your hair gets all static-y, spray Static Guard on your hair brush. Brush hair.” Magic.
For me personally, the best advice I’ve ever gotten happens to be more of a general life statement. It was said to me by my mom time and time again, as these are words she lived by every single day. “You’re as happy as you want to be.” Simple as that! The way I interpret the quote is that everything is how you perceive it to be. Every day we go through countless experiences, whether big or small, and we can choose to look at these experiences however we like. As I’m writing this, I could possibly give you a list of things that haven’t gone my way today. But as I’m writing this, my mind is drawing a blank, because I’ve chosen not to view those things in a negative way. I’ve made the decision long ago to find happiness in even the tiniest instances. One of the best things I did last week was eat a heart-shaped lollipop – it gave me so much joy. And to me, knowing that something so small could have such a great effect on me makes me believe that I’m living life the way it is meant to be lived. Thanks, Mom. <3
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? We would love to hear!
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