“…she told herself, is to be courageous and bold and make a difference. Not change the world exactly, just the bit around you. Go out there with your double-first, your passion and your new Smith Corona electric typewriter and work hard at … Something. Write beautifully. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved if at all possible. Eat sensibly. Stuff like that.” — David Nicholls (One Day)
Well, I don’t have a double-first or an electric typewriter and I certainly don’t eat sensibly. But I do live passionately, through all the good and bad days. I love to learn, to look at something with a new perspective, to meet new people.
Though it’s hard, I try to follow my principles but honestly, they shift and change. With each person I meet or each day I read something interesting, I shift my perspective of what’s going on in my life. When I ask a friend their opinion, it always makes a difference to how I feel or what I think. I always take it on board. I think each negative experience is just as valuable as a positive one. How else would we learn from our mistakes?
It’s very easy to slide into a comfortable rhythm, a monotonous routine. And then you wake up One Day thinking “what have I done with my life, really?” Do not be that guy.
You might not be able to find the cure for cancer, or flood a drought, or stop world hunger or create world peace. But you can smile and be there for someone else. Be that guy.
Ps. Definitely recommend the book..
One Day – David Nicholls