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You only live once, and life is tragically short. I know we all were touched deeply from the tragic helicopter crash that has taken the lives of 9. It was such a shocking and sudden tragedy that is unfathomable for anyone. I have been so sad since I first heard of Kobe, his daughter and the 7 other people’s passing. I have cried so many times since yesterday and I can’t stop thinking about the families whose lives have changed in an instant. 

It really puts things in perspective and lets you know that you need to live your life to the fullest at all times. You never know when your time will come.

So how do you ensure you’re living life to the fullest? Here are some tips to help you out:

Decide what’s important to you

It doesn’t matter what it is. Don’t do what you think people want you to do. Your parents, friends, community, and society in general all have their opinions, but at the end of the day, you’re the only person who will be around for every moment of your life. Do what makes you happy. Everything else will fall into place.

Take risks… a lot of them

Sometimes there’s danger involved in life, but every reward carries risk with it. If you never take risks, you’ll never get anywhere in life. When people look back on their lives, they regret the chances they didn’t take more than the ones they did.

Tell people you love them

Family will always appreciate hearing you love them. If you have a romantic interest in someone, just go for it. There are a lot of ways it may end, and only one of them keeps them in your life forever. Just go for it. You have nothing to lose.

Live in the present

Your past is important to learn from. Your future is important to work towards. At the end of the day, though, the only thing that exists outside of your head is the present. So think about your past and future, but only dwell on the present.

Ignore the haters

No matter what you decide to do with your life, there will always be someone around to point out the many ways you’ll fail. Know that every winner loses, but not every loser wins. Successful people don’t start out successful. What makes them successful is that they keep pushing through failure.

Don’t compromise your values

If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Don’t compromise on your internal code of ethics. Life doesn’t work like a movie. It’s filled with gray areas. Trust your instincts. Do whatever you want so long as you can look yourself in the mirror.

Do charitable acts for others

Every day, you’ll see someone who could use help. Lend a helping hand whenever you can.

Keep your mind open

Just because you’re right about something doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to look at it. Listening to ideas you don’t agree with or understand keeps your brain active and healthy.

Speak through your actions

You’ll hear people say, “I had that idea,” every time you see someone create something great. Everyone had the idea for Facebook first. The reason Mark Zuckerberg got rich off of it is because he went out and did it while everyone else was talking about it. Ideas are useless if you don’t act on them.

I hope this helps someone out!

Mel, out! 🙂

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