What makes life worth living? Is it our experiences, tangible possessions, the people around us, or perhaps a combination of all three?
If you're feeling a little stumped right now, maybe these 7 C's could help you spark some ideas:
Ironically, telling people to have courage brings them so much fear. This could be the fear of failure, of disappointing others, of criticism, of appearing weak, of change, of commitment—the list goes on.
However, when we are brave enough to take risks despite uncertainty, to face challenges despite difficulty, and to step out of our comfort zones despite unfamiliarity, then we are able to open ourselves up to the opportunities that will ultimately help us grow to be better people.
A lot of people don't know that the word "courage" comes from the Latin word "cor" which means "heart". Its original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.
And so to live with courage means letting go of fear, and instead, wholeheartedly conquering and accepting anything and everything that may come our way.
This one might not be something that would appear at the top of your head, but craziness is essential to life nevertheless.
This doesn’t mean we should do things that are reckless and daring 100% of the time. No one’s asking anyone to go skydiving or jump off a cliff against their better judgment just for the sake of proving that they aren’t afraid of danger.
However, it wouldn’t hurt to live on the edge and break the barriers of what we consider to be “normal” every once in a while.
While one person’s definition of “normal” could be completely different from another’s, what remains the same is this: There’s a world of possibilities we’ll never be able to see if we forever remain within the boundaries of our comfort zones.
Like they say, no man is an island — and how lonely life would be if that weren’t true. The people we’ve established genuine connections with help make life worth living, not only because they join us in celebrating our highest points, but more so because—as the cliché goes—they stick with us through thick and thin.
Admittedly, we don’t always notice their presence, but we should. And although we’d like to think that we can survive without them, the truth is that we owe so much of how and who we’ve grown up to be to them.
So every time you get the chance to build a meaningful relationship, take it. You never know not just who could change your life next, but rather whose life you could change next.
Now when I say celebration, I don’t just mean the grand milestones like graduations, birthdays, and marriages. Often, some of the reasons you’ll find yourself rejoicing for are the everyday wins you come across: having a meaningful conversation, completing a difficult task, or even just getting out of bed.
To live with confidence is easier said than done, especially when you come across people who are trying to bring you down from all directions. And sure, criticism can hurt. The reality is that no matter what you do, there will always be at least one person who will have something negative to say.
But words can only do so much if you refuse to let them get to you.
In other words, believe in yourself. Believe in your capacity to succeed because you are in the best position to assess what you can and cannot do. Have faith in your talents regardless of what other people think—you can’t please everyone, anyway.
As Greg Gilbert said, “The worst financial transaction you will ever make is selling yourself short.”
Need I say more?
You might be scratching your head at this one, but only because you‘ve never stopped to realize that life is a collection. And yes, we often collect tangible things like stamps, coins, shoes, and postcards. We do this because we like having physical proof of some of the best moments of our lives so far, especially the moments that went by way too quickly.
However, it’s the things we cannot grasp with our hands that are truly worth collecting.
The things that do not take into account neither the wealth that we have nor the power that we hold.
These are the struggles, triumphs, challenges, successes, failures, laughter, and mistakes we experience —all of which are present to help each of us live a life worth living.