How to live a better life?

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“Listen-are you breathing just a little. And calling it a life?”

Life, as we know it is absurd and the existentialist crisis only leaves it meaningless but none the less it is mysteriously beautiful. If only you do not want to live a miserable life of monotony, here is The List you need to follow. Stop living in the region of grey and live a life of extremes. So, if you desire to live and not merely exist, read on.

1. Travel

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“Not all those who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

Go places and explore the world. Meet new people. Make more memories and less Facebook display pictures. Live a life you would want to remember. Even though you leave the place, the place is always going to be with you. It is never too late to make the first step. Pour yourself on the blue shores and feel alive. Smell the universe and dare to be yourself. Enjoy the freedom and for god’s sake do not find sin in it. In the end, have dirty feet because this dirt too, is beautiful. So, escape whenever possible, from the mundane reality because it is harmful and travel ‘Through the Looking Glass’.

2. Eat

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“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”-Ruth Reichl

We often hear that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, it is absolutely true to provide pleasure to the taste buds before we move any further. I am not talking particularly about aphrodisiacs but delicious food melting in your mouth. Joey Tribianni knows exactly what I am saying here. After all, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” A good meal will lead to a good day and everyday this will lead to a good life. Isn’t it? Oh, I am hungry already.

3. Be an artist

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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso

Art in any form can magically turn the cacophony of the everyday life into the harmony of the escapist world. Dance, sing, write or play or invent your own art. It is not an escapist tendency into the dream world but an attempt to understand reality better. You’ll be able to handle the mess in life beautifully through the insight you just gather when you indulge in any artistic activity. You do not need to be a specialist but all you need to do is to dance like nobody is watching or sing like you are already a star.

4. Get drunk

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“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.” -Rumi

It does not matter what you choose to get drunk over. It might be wine or simply life. Just get drunk. Feel yourself and feel the high. Get turned on through every high which life throws at you. Get drunk with the glance you just exchanged or the scent of the monsoon or may be a steaming cup of coffee on a beautiful Sunday morning. The whole point is to set yourself free in order to forget the mathematics of life. Instead, step into the shoes of chaotic passion.

5. Love

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“Love like you’ll never be hurt.” -William W Purkey

Have you ever wondered how much easier it is for the human heart to love than do the opposite? So, just tell more people that you love them. Are you still shy to tell the pretty lady that you love her? Well, she might fall for you too. Love is the mantra, believe it or not. Fall in and fall out maybe but fall. I think it is the only beautiful feeling in the world which has the potential to ache. Have a broken heart than to have never loved at all. Of course, you’ll be fine like never before. When I say the word ‘love’, I by no chance mean only the soul mate-love but more importantly the love of the family you have inside the home and the one you create outside it usually known as friends. It is okay to have a few to rely on at 4 am in the morning rather than having a bunch of pretentious creatures. The great moments in our lives will never be materialistic in nature but would simply reside in the little joys of more worth than something which can be expressed in monetary value. So, let us start living by loving it all out.

As William W Purkey would say, “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” 
Though it if often said that you only live once, I still believe we can live a million lives as the microscopic lives captured in the right frame.

  • somy solanki

    i liked the LOVE part most. :D