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Day 21 ‘living’

What does it mean to live life to its fullest?

To answer this question, you have to break down what it means to live in our society, such as money, relationships, career and health. You have to consider people’s environment, circumstances and the importance these aspects have on their life. By looking at these areas will determine how they add to our happiness and way of life.

Money allows for more freedom in our society and researchers discovered ‘money has a direct relationship with increased overall life satisfaction’. This isn’t entirely true, because people with money can also be unhappy. The importance we place on money determines how it affects our life, and working sixty hours plus for more money, may bring temporary happiness, but affects our health in the long term. Money also affects those around us, and the importance we place on it in respect to our relationships determines our happiness.  

We naturally form bonds with others and a life of total isolation would impact our mental health; our ‘need to belong is a fundamental human need.’ Yet, you don’t have to get married or even been in a relationship to live a good life. Human interaction includes being with your family, friends or even talking to strangers; how we form these relationships enrich our life. Some people actively seek out relationships to fill a void, because they hate being alone, while others stay in toxic relationships. The key is learning to love yourself first so you can love others equally, and further enrich your life.

A career is part of the make-up of life and getting an education, job and a house is drummed into us as children, because that is societies normality. Careers create personal growth because ‘we all inherently have an innate drive to learn.’ Having ambition, goals and dreams gives us something to live for; suppressing these will leave you unhappy. Jobs tie into money relationships and health, and act as the anchor to the way we live our life.

Our Health impacts our quality of life and ‘1 in 4 of us experiences a mental health problem’ each year. To live a full life, you have to put a lot of importance in your health; every aspect of your life can trigger it, and to stay in control, you have to allow timeout for yourself. Everyone has hardships which lets you know that’s part of life. Living life to its fullest means not letting your health bring you down and cause negativity; instead, you have to embrace it and see how you can adapt it into your lifestyle.

Money, relationships, career and health make up the key components of living and getting the right balance can take years of practice. There is no formula to living our life to the fullest, because there are too many factors, including life events that cause a ripple and impacts our happiness. We can only live in the present and only when we are old, we can ask ourselves, did we live our life to its fullest?

I am challenging myself to write a 500-word post a day for 30 days. I will choose a random word from the dictionary and to make this challenge more complicated; I will use the same word to create posts on Twitter and Instagram. I will create a haiku for twitter and post a photo on Instagram. If the word I choose is too obscure to make a post, I will choose another word. 

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