If we wait for a critical moment to decide to cherish life, we gradually kill ourselves inside. However, this past year and a half and the pandemic have made us recognize the small moments we encounter in life and how they are the ones that have the most responsibility in shaping our outlook.
What follows is a rather oddly specific list of components that remind teens to love life, corny as that sounds. Sometimes we need memories that make us stop and actually digest our surroundings. We find ourselves constantly looking for different things in life: success, time, happiness, money. It is only when we enter a period of shutdown that we can fall in love with our daily existence. Here are fifty little things that can make you smile.
- The smell of a new book
- See a quote when you need it
- puppy kisses
- Have butterflies in that one person’s stomach
- Laugh until you cry
- 80s movies
- Saying I love you.”
- Fortune inside fortune cookies
- Barnes & Noble Purchasing
- Seeing your best friend for the first time in a long time
- read poems
- A good night’s sleep
- Take pictures in bittersweet moments
- Receiving parcels by post
- Have a good relationship with their parents
- Watch the sunset and discern all the delicate colors that fill the sky
- inside jokes
- The upbeat emotion you feel after a workout
- Feel good about yourself
- Long car rides with lots of music
- family dinners
- Bubble baths after a long day effective
- Prove you wrong
- Prove someone else wrong
- To be loved back by that someone
- Light candles, bonus points if new
- Throw your cap in the air on graduation night
- Painting without sketching
- Feel the sun on your face
- When your favorite song is on the radio
- The thrill of watching horror movies in the cinema
- Listen for precipitation/thunderstorms when indoors
- Talk or play with your pet
- Find the perfect song to match your mood
- Check everything off your to-do list
- Back to Photos and Scrapbooks
- Buy books
- Seeing the stars on a clear night
- Have a tidy space or home
- Thoroughly cleanse and moisturize your face
- make someone laugh
- make yourself laugh
- New calendars/notebooks
- Find ways to enjoy the seasons
- Having your hair stroked or played with
- Have fun like a child without any worries
- Talking and laughing with a distant friend on the phone
- The pleasure of personal accomplishment
- Reruns of your favorite TV shows
- Realizing that you have a new chance to encounter all of this every morning
Seriously, every morning we wake up, our lungs expand a little more and our hearts reach for more oxygen. To put it simply, life is like a shortlist of things to do. We’re not promised forever, but we’re committed to the days we strive to make count.
The other night I spoke to a long distance friend, and she helped me achieve something so important. I felt scared but excited about entering a new circumstance in my life and needed some crucial guidance. “You are going to hurt yourself; It’s inevitable. Might as well give it a shot and go for it, you know. Nineteen words, but so much wisdom if you really think about what she said.
It’s been a while since I received this advice, and I hope it sticks with me even longer. Life is made up of little experiences, and all those occasions stir up all kinds of emotions: prosperity, grief, tension, relief, doubts, everything. This is where the word inevitable comes in. There is no shortcut to life, and there is only one thing we can do that will allow us to deal with the uncertainties that come with life: savor it all.
Falling in love with life does not mean that we are suddenly invulnerable to anxiety, grief or pressure. No, it just means that you finally recognize every outcome and every repercussion that comes with it. And accepting things is such a fascinating concept. This means that we end up giving up everything that is not ours to influence or change. It’s like falling in love with someone else: you respect their flaws, flaws, missteps, and not only do you accept them, but it makes you cherish that person even more.
You are probably wondering how you start to love life again; it’s relatively simple. First, let your laughter be of daily importance; and understand something as broad as education doesn’t have to end once you graduate from college; it is a lifelong thing. Second, start listening to others. Always remember that you have more to learn from others than you think. Third, never fear or shy away from any complex work and minimize your desire for instant gratification. We’re never going to please everyone, and we’re not supposed to rely on others’ approval. Fourth, strike a careful balance between setting aside time for yourself and devoting energy to everyone else. It allows us to deduce a whole world out there if we catch a glimpse of it. Finally, make sure you have a creative outlet. A safe space or even a relaxing hobby you can turn to if no one else is around or if you just want to practice the art of being alone. All of those meaningless actions will one day be returned to you when you sit down, breathe a sigh of relief, and say, “I fell in love with life.”
So even if the universe ends up sending you a heartbreaking partner; even if it sends you the pain of no longer being able to live with someone by your side; or just sends the pouring rain on you despite the fact that you have just washed your hair, you will always admire every minute of these events. All it takes to “really live life,” like in the movies, is to keep waking up. Then the rest we choose ourselves.