#65 Be Silly

Sometimes I wonder how we all ended up so serious. Working ‘real’ jobs, always aware of how we look and presenting the ‘right image’, making polite conversation over cheese and wine at networking events, going to committee meetings, following the rules, trying to impress others with our intelligence and social skills … when do we ever allow ourselves to be silly?! To do stuff just because it’s fun, not because it’s important. To giggle and laugh uncontrollably, until we collapse and our tummies hurt. To say the thoughts that pop into our heads without over-analysing them for suitability before sharing. To chase, skip, jump, and dance with abandon; no care for who’s watching or what they’re thinking of us. It’s so freeing when you allow yourself to be silly. Your muscles relax, your smile grows wider, and you experience that child-like joy you used to feel as an 8 year old at play. And instead of judging you, the people around you might even thank you for awakening that long-lost feeling in them! I think our workplaces, homes, and friendships could all benefit from a little more silliness. Silliness gives us the power to laugh at ourselves, to realise that really, life isn’t such a big, difficult struggle, and the little things we find annoying can actually be quite funny. So stop over-thinking. Give yourself some freedom to chill out, live spontaneously, be a kid again, and … Be Silly.  FollowShare...

#42 Be Tough

We don’t seem to breed warriors in the West. While women in Africa have to walk miles to reach clean drinking water with a heavy jug balanced on their heads, I complain if the supermarket doesn’t have my favourite brand of yoghurt. Girls on the streets are fighting to stay alive for another day, and […]

We don’t seem to breed warriors in the West. While women in Africa have to walk miles to reach clean drinking water with a heavy jug balanced on their heads, I complain if the supermarket doesn’t have my favourite brand of yoghurt. Girls on the streets are fighting to stay alive for another day, and my whole morning is thrown off if I happen to accidentally kick my toe on a door or bend a nail back. Let’s face it – most of the time, the things I catch myself moaning about are pretty wussy. There’s even a tweet-tag for it: #firstworldproblems. Personally, I’d like to be a little tougher. I think we could all complain a lot less and deal with a lot more. Life throws all sorts of curveballs at you; it’s part of playing the game. You can either go out swinging or leave without ever reaching first base.  When I was younger, someone taught me the saying, ‘Have a can of harden-up.’ Initially I thought it seemed a bit insensitive. But now, if I hear myself whinging about things that don’t really matter, I remind myself to do just that. Harden up. Stop complaining. Be Tough.  FollowShare...