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Life is short. Say what you’ve wanted to say. Do what you’ve wanted to do. Don’t wait until the only thing you can say is, ‘I wish I’d had the courage to do it sooner.’

Never tell someone who’s freaking out ‘Life is too short to worry.’ Really, think about it. You’re just giving them one more thing to worry about—that they’re missing out on life because they’re worrying. Instead, try, ‘I understand. Life can be scary. I’m here for you if you need me.’

The coolest people I’ve ever met have the most colorful pasts, they’ve lived lives of risk, made bad choices, learned lessons, explored, and they’re not afraid of being real. Tattered tapestries woven of similar threads, they’re my kind of people. My favorite shades of crazy.

We often nitpick and criticize little things when we’re hurting. If you see someone else doing this, try not to take it personally. If that person is you, ask yourself, ‘What am I really upset about? And what can I do to address that pain instead of projecting it onto someone else?’

Ten years from now, make sure you can say you chose your life, you didn’t settle for it.

There’s a difference between caring about what others think and worrying about it. When you care about what other people think, you respect and value their opinions. When you worry about, you depend on their validation for your worth. So keep caring. Keep treating people like they matter. Just know that you matter too, whether they confirm it or not.

Always end the day with a positive thought. No matter how hard things were, tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.

Most relationships fail because we spend too much time pointing out each other’s mistakes and not enough time enjoy each other’s company.

Never define yourself by your relationship status, your income, or your looks. It’s your generosity, kindness, and compassion that counts.

The world isn’t filled with ‘haters’ and ‘toxic people.’ It’s filled with people who are hurting and trying, ineffectively, to give themselves some relief. So distance yourself if you must, but try to do it with empathy, not judgment. The only cure for ‘haters’ is love, so try to show them more kindness than they showed you. This is how we can slowly make the world a more loving place.

Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar path. Sometimes they’re the ones that take you to the best places.

Breathe. Step back. Think. Then react.

You only have so much emotional energy each day. Don’t spend it on things that don’t matter or on people who don’t value you or your time. Be discerning.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

There’s no such thing as what you ‘should’ be doing with your life. If you’re not holding yourself back from something you really want to try, and you enjoy the way you spend your day, then you’re a smashing success.

Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.

You are more than what you do, produce, or achieve. Don’t believe for a second that your output and your income dictate your worth. They don’t.

Don’t stress. Do your best and forget the rest.

Silence isn’t empty. It’s full of answers.

Don’t worry if someone does not like you. Most people are struggling to like themselves.

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