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Do weird things! Stand upside down!

Do weird things! Stand upside down!

I’ve been in Japan now for almost 10 months now. I took a trip to Korea for 18 days not long ago.
Since I started to live abroad I’ve started to appreciate lots of things I never even thought of before when I was in my old life with the perspective I had back then. Since I moved away I’ve gotten perspective on my own life, on the world, and insight in many other things. I’ve become interested in improving my self, my way of thinking, my mind, my life, the world and in nature.

I’ve become aware of habits and mindsets that I have that I thought was common in the world even though they’re not, and because of that I’ve begun to appreciate them too. Things my parents told me and taught me when I was younger have suddenly sunk in through the thick layers of my own “perfect ideas” I had when I was little, and I’ve started to see the value in them.

I love that I’ve become aware of these things and I love that I’ve started to appreciate them, and I can’t express well enough the awesome feeling of having lived abroad and get perspective! It’s amazing, and I feel that my life has become so more interesting since I came here!

I’ve started reading books that’re contributing to my life, and not just for fun (that doesn’t mean they’re not fun, I enjoy every second I spend reading them!).

Small things I’ve suddenly become thankful and happy for:

My parents’ teachings:
– I chew with my mouth closed. Not everyone in asia does that, not even many.
– I clean up after me. As we all know, people in the world who cleans up after themselves are pretty rare
– I believe in myself.
– I like myself
– I cover my mouth with the crook of my arm when I sneeze. This is common for people in general, at least in Sweden, but I haven’t spent much thought on it before. In asia people mostly sneeze in the flat of their hands which they later use for, well, everything; opening doors, holding on to something to keep their balance on the train etc.. I’ve heard that it doesn’t matter much in asia because people don’t greet each other with handshakes… unless they greet a foreigner. I feel a bit of terror every time I grab on to something on the train or when I shake hand with someone here. At least I think it helped me to finally stop biting my nails!
– I cook my own food. My teachers have been impressed even by a egg+salad sandwich I made myself. I was embarrassed ^^
– I keep my room and my possessions clean.
– I take time for myself to just be.
– I value myself over mindless work.
– I say no to things I don’t want to do (unless they’re really unavoidable).

Other things:
–  I get filled with joy when I see children playing and often wave and smile at them.
– I often seek eye contact with strangers, just for a moment, and often offer them a smile.
– I try to help others as much as I can.
– I’ve been inspired to live my life.
– I like watching nature.
– I get shivers when I hear about nature friendly energy sources (solar power <3<3) .
– I’ve started sleeping regularly.
–  I’m me.

These are things that came to mind just now, but I feel now that I am way more aware of small things now, that I didn’t spend much thought on when I was still in Sweden, and had no bigger thoughts on life itself.

I’m so happy that I’ve come in contact with the people and blogs that changed my life, and are still changing it!

Love your life! Pay attention to things around you and feel inspired by them! Enjoy life’s moments and don’t settle for something you don’t feel is right!

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… doesn’t compensate for practice not done today!

Why is it so often that when we want to do something we end up doing something completely different? You’re sitting there thinking you really want to learn how to do something, that you really should start studying or that it’d be a great idea to start exercise today, but instead you end up watching a movie or playing games.

I’ve been thinking of this quite a lot lately, and I think that we act the way we do because we’re not seeing any immediate results of what we’re doing. We’re afraid  that it’s a waste of time doing things that takes more than ten minutes to get a result from, instead of getting an instant laugh from a tv-show or win a game online.

I know some people that have hobbies and ideas that both they and I know are the real joy in their life, but never the less they’re very often ending up doing nothing most of the days.

It’s never too late to start getting back on track though! Remember that/those skill/-s you have? Do you remember that you actually practiced to get them, and do you remember the people you know that don’t have them? Well, that’s the long run results of practice, and it’s easy to forget that!

In my experience it’s the long term results that are the ones that gives the most joy, because you know you’ve worked hard for them, and that it’s taken a lot of will to get there, but you did it! That’s a proof of that you’re able to achieve things that are more valuable than getting lots of friends on a certain online community.

And there is no better time to start than today. Today is always the best day to start!

One thing that’s important when practicing something is to stay focused. Avoid watching tv or chat online at the same time as practicing, close that down. If the instant kick urge is too strong when you’re in your room, get out of your room and do it somewhere else. This guy has a few things to say about focus, so if you want, check it out! Start practicing in small chunks of time just to get the routine in there, then start extending the chunks of time until you’re doing things you love and want to get better at so much that you will happy pretty much all the time!

I’ll end with a quote I read today on an awesome blog of happiness: “Happiness not spent today, doesn’t equal more happiness tomorrow” – Scott Dinsmore

The same goes for practice. Practice done tomorrow doesn’t compensate for practice not done today. (Fine, it didn’t end with the quote, but I hope it’s all the same!)

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