“Life is short.” We’ve all heard this saying countless times, yet it’s difficult to know what exactly we can do to make our time count. Luckily, Alyssa Satara, the co-founder of Refugee Code Academy, compiled a list of life lessons people often learn too late on HuffPo.
The first three lessons Satara notes can be summed up as the Three P’s: perception, permanence and being present.
Perception refers to the common saying “perception is reality,” which signifies that you are in control of how narrow or vast and how ignorant or enlightened your reality is.
Permanence speaks to the understanding that “everything is temporary,” as each period of time is just one piece of our lifelong journeys.
Finally, being present is living without regret and cherishing each moment. “Moments turn into memories,” Satara writes in HuffPo. “Enjoy the moment while you have it.”
The last two lessons Satara highlights focus less on mindset and instead on how we spend our time. The age-old advice, “do what you love, love what you do,” can apply to all aspects of life. We too often perform tasks from which we derive minimal enjoyment. “You are the only person who can get in the way of living everyday doing what you love,” Satara writes.
Finally, Satara reminds us that “being happy takes work.” Personal growth does not just magically occur, but requires time and energy.
Life may be short, but living with these lessons in mind is sure to help you inject more meaning into your time on earth.