There are a few things one should always have in the car. A bottle of water. A snack (nuts are always good – protein, long lasting, easy). Emergency kit. Leatherman. Lip balm. Breath mint or gum. Hand sanitizer. Mobile phone (with charger and camera). Credit Card. License. Extra coat. A jack and spare tire. And a folding chair. Yes, a chair – you never know when you might get stuck and have to wait somewhere, or land somewhere unexpected that you just want to get out and stare at for a while (like a beach, a mountain, a concert).
What would you add?
Despite what school is teaching you by giving everyone a trophy, a ribbon or an award, life doesn’t work like that. You don’t get something you haven’t earned. There is only one first place. And sometimes, not winning is just what we need. It isn’t always about winning, but rather about the journey and the lessons we take from the experience. And if you want to win, you’re going to have to work hard to do so.
I learned this the hard way – you can’t get what you want (or deserve) without speaking up. Don’t make people guess what you want – be clear, be loud, be confident. And when you get it, be grateful and humble.
Life’s too short for black and white. Be colorful – in both the literal and figurative sense.
We always want longer vacations, more presents, bigger toys. But the truth is, if we always had these things, they wouldn’t seem nearly as sweet or exciting. Just look at the trouble celebrities often get into – they can have nearly anything they want, and yet many still struggle with contentment. Be happy with what you have, enjoy the moments you get, and move on when it’s time. Don’t eat too much ice cream – it tastes great but too much makes you feel bad. Take that lesson with you across most elements of life and you’ll have just enough of the good things.
Create your own way. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Don’t follow the pack. Lead with your heart, trust your gut, listen to the path you’re being called to walk upon. Don’t worry if others think you’re crazy. It’s your field, your dreams. Follow them.
Your spouse had an affair. Your boss stole your idea as her own. Your teacher gave you a failing grade. Guess what – it’s not her fault. Something else went wrong – take ownership for your part in any outcome, whether it was not heeding the signs, not speaking up, not studying or simply making the wrong choice. The sooner you start recognizing your role in outcomes, the sooner you start seeing better ones.