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6 Simple Rules for Adult Life

I was thinking the other day about all these things that we get taught growing up and how they have actually become ingrained into us on a subconscious level, but they no longer serve any practical purpose. So I decided it was time for a new set of rules for adult life which are the opposite of what you’ve learned growing up.

1. Talk to Strangers: If there’s one piece of advice that holds you back in adult life that you learned as a child, it’s the notion of not talking to strangers. When you’re a child it’s a safety mechanism. When you’re an adult, it’s like a restraint. If you think about it, almost every friend you have was once a stranger. Every business contact you have was once a stranger. But, yet we go out to social situations and we are often scared to death to talk to strangers, especially those of the opposite sex.  So, maybe it’s time we unlearned the old rule and started just talking to strangers to see where it will lead us.

2. Color outside the lines: Conformity is overrated.  Coloring inside the lines metaphorically speaking is a way to hold back whatever natural urges and instinct you have. Natural urges and instinct are good things. If your pencil or crayons take you outside of the lines, let them. They will probably lead you where you are supposed to go.  Don’t fight something you feel naturally drawn towards doing.

3. Play with Fire (metaphorically of course): They always tell you don’t play with fire. Fire could be a metaphor for anything, relationships, passions, interests, and hobbies.  Get out a can of gasoline and let that fire burn as big as it can possibly get. That’s what it’s supposed to do. If you are passionate about something, and you want to take a big risk, do it. There’s no point in having an attachment to something you don’t have in the first place.  Don’t fear losing the thing you don’t even have.

4. Be carefree instead of careful: I’ve been trying to figure out how to detach from outcomes. I realized being careful is really not helpful in this case. When you are carefree, you tend to flow. When you are careful, you tend to slow.

5. Make your own rules: In a classroom there always a set of rules when you are growing up. But if you were to go back and look at them, I would guess most of them don’t empower you in adult life. So create your own set of rules.

6. Imagine: This is one of my favorite things to do.  Maybe it is the one thing they do right when you are growing up and in school. When you are kid your imagination is so vivid, that a world of flying cars, flying monkeys, and kangaroos in boxing matches, seems completely normal. By the time you are an adult, you’ve been given all this wonderful advice like “be practice, be realistic, don’t be silly,” and other things that have put and end to the one thing that gets you everything in your life, the limitless power imagination.

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