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.

2 comments:

  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.

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

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