Let’s get right in.
- You’re going to die someday.
I waste no time getting to the real depressing stuff. Yes, it’s sadly true. You’re going to die someday and if you haven’t already started coming to terms with this inevitable fact, there’s no time like the present.
How can you make the best of this? Don’t live in fear of it. Soak up every ounce of life you can and don’t take it all too seriously. Your body is only a temporary home, so don’t view all your decisions as permanent.
- Nobody thinks of you as much as you think of yourself.
It’s true, we are all selfish assholes who think about our own wellbeing before anyone else. In turn, nobody really thinks of you all that much. You’re not as important as you think you are.
How can you make the best of this? Let this idea free you. Nobody is analyzing your mistakes, your embarrassing moments, or your flaws like you are. Let yourself sink into this role as one part of an amazing, intricate system.
- Your childhood is gone.
You will never return to those simple days where nothing seemed to stress you out. You can kiss those moments of pure bliss goodbye. Nobody is going to pay all your bills, make sure you’re always fed, and look out for your individual happiness ever again.
How can you make the best of this? Nobody’s looking out for your happiness anymore, but that means your happiness is now completely in your own hands. You’re not that stupid, impressionable, little boy or girl anymore. You’re savvier and you can choose what you let bring you down. Meaning, don’t let anything bring you down. Don’t let the little things bother you.
- Your religion is most likely completely wrong, if not very, very simplistic.
Written religions tend to be weirdly specific about things humans know absolutely nothing about. Our universe is so very complex, and we know infinitesimally little about the physical world, let alone the spiritual world. All the secrets are not in a book, written by some dudes a couple thousand years ago. That’s way too recent for it to have any relevance in the scheme of the entire universe, and way too long ago to have any societal relevance anymore.
How can you make the best of this? Be open. Listen to other people and even other religions (Did she really just go there?) Be humble in the face of the power of the universe and accepting of the fact that you don’t know it all. You will feel much better about yourself. I promise.
- On that note, your religion is not something you can be sure about, no matter your amount of faith.
Faith is not the same as knowledge. When you read religious works, you’re not reading facts. Religion and science will never correspond. You’ll never prove any spiritual thing.
How can you make the best of this? Faith was never supposed to be about knowledge. Somewhere along the lines, we got this confused. Faith isn’t the opposite of knowledge; it’s not even on the same plane as knowledge. Faith is about having a relationship with whatever greater being you believe in. It’s about listening, being open, growing, becoming a more moral person. To do this, you don’t need to know some higher power exists, because that defeats the point.
Let me put it this way: when you’re in a relationship with someone, you don’t know they’re not cheating on you, because they have a separate life from you and you’re not constantly keeping an eye on them. But, you let this be, because you trust them (hopefully). Faith is like trust. You become okay with not knowing and you give to the universe, or the force, or whatever, because you love it. So, stop trying to look through God’s text messages.
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