Quote Challenge – Day 1

Thank you to Claire from Becoming Proactive for welcoming me to the Quote Challenge.

The challenge is to:
• Post a quote for three consecutive days (one quote for each day).
• Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
• Nominate three different for bloggers for each day.

Since I am just starting out with blogging, I don’t know enough bloggers to do the last rule! I am going to ignore this rule, and invite you, the reader, to take up this challenge.

Here is my quote for the first day:

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As long as you live, keep learning how to live.  -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

This quote perfectly captures how I want to approach life.

Don’t just follow the habits of your previous days, keep learning

Several (or many) years ago, you developed the habits that you are continuing today. You may do the same work. You may do the same thing every day after work. You may do the same things for fun, keep the same hobbies, eat the same things. All of these may still be the ideal thing for you. But it doesn’t hurt to check up every now and then on what you are doing, and whether that’s still what serves you best. Trying new things will help you learn what is best for you.

For an example, one of my favourite hobbies is writing fiction. I found I was doing it less often recently, because I was getting less enjoyment out of it. I wasn’t enjoying writing character interactions, and planning plot, as much as I used to. I want to do something creative, but not something that is not bringing me enjoyment, since hobbies should be enjoyable and bring out your passion.

After a time of considering this, and my options, I had an epiphany. I could try writing non-fiction instead! That is what brought me back to writing for this blog. I can write about my life experiences and my beliefs. And if anyone reads it, maybe some of my words can add value to their lives.

Remember you are always learning

Late last year my wife and I made a major change to our business. It saved so many hours of work each week, and has made us happier in general.

It is difficult to look happily on the changes, and not to look with sadness upon the time ‘lost’ before making the change. So I just remind myself, we are always learning! Next week might mean another change, but that doesn’t invalidate our previous months.

Learning is a constant process throughout our lives. We shouldn’t expect to know everything there is to know – if we did, that would be a boring life!

I would not change my past at all, because it has brought me to where I am. If we always look backwards and beat ourselves up for past mistakes, or for not knowing something we know now, it will drain the happiness from our current life. Also, how far does it go?

Oh, remember that time when I changed primary school and I was the only one that didn’t know cursive? My classmates all made fun of me.

At nearly thirty years old, it’s probably about time to let that one go.

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