Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ryan's Guide to Living

I was going through some documents on my computer, and I found this list I started making shortly after graduating university. It basically outlined what I learned outside the classroom, and the philosophies that still guide me today. It's ever-expanding, and it's something that I thought might be share worthy as well. Feel free to add more in the comments below:

- Kindness goes a long way
- You'll need caffeine
- Have enough of an ego to trust yourself. Nothing more.
- No matter how much drama they may cause, always stick with the artists. They are the brightest, most interesting, and often most emotional people you'll come across.
- Fear is not for the weak, as long as you know how to control it.
- Take some risks. It's the only way to get what you want out of life.
- Always have a Plan B, just in case things go wrong.
- We all procrastinate. Just don't complain or brag about it.
- Take care of yourself when you don't have someone else to take care of.
- People are attracted to smiles.
- A hug can change a bad day to a good one.
- Treat members of the opposite sex with respect.
- There is nothing wrong with loving a stranger.
- Always kiss passionately. It's always the first and last one that we remember the most.
- Insanity in small amounts makes life interesting.
- Try your best to never ditch your friends.
- Choose socializing over staying at home. Most of the stuff you're doing there will be there when you get back.
- School isn't hard as long as you breathe.
- There is nothing wrong with a bath at night.
- Always have your favorite movie on standby. You'll never know when you might need it.
- You have the rest of your life to catch up on sleep.
- Wake up to your favorite song.
- Get pumped for the little things too.
- If you love something, never half-ass it.
- Making memories happens when you're waiting for the extra-ordinary.
- When your friends poke fun at you for smiling when a girl enters the room, just realize that they're envious of you.
- Find your special place at work, school, etc... just in case you need to escape.
- List your dreams out and put them somewhere where you can read them every day, just so you never forget.
- Don't worry about getting lost along the way. Chances are, someone else is lost too.
- You are never alone.


  1. Mine: If you need to think, take a long walk or a long run. Moving helps you think.

    Always try to speak the local language. No matter how bad you fuck it up, people appreciate it and will become your friend.

  2. That 2nd one has made me about 10 Korean friends. They appreciate the effort and the smile afterwards.