You can work hard, and should be proud, but stay humble. Be grateful for your good fortune and opportunities, and don’t take anything in life for granted. Be humble.
If you ever get a chance to take a helicopter tour: do it! Flying and hovering above a city or landscape in a helicopter is exciting and the views you will witness will be unbelievable. Every trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you shouldn’t miss!
Whether it is a 30 day challenge to encourage you to read more, exercise, eat better, or get better at a hobby, 30 day challenges are less intimidating way to develop habits, skills, or just try something new. Track your finances (to the cent!) for 30 days. Run or walk outside 1 mile every day for 30 days. Cut fast food from your diet for 30 days. Get up 30 minutes earlier every day for 30 days. The options are endless.
Giggle when you overhear a child say something funny in public. Giggle when you realize your airplane seat number is “3D.” Giggle when you notice the “heads on” shrimp are looking at you on the plate. Giggle at life’s little moments full of silliness, coincidence, or hilarity.
If you have the opportunity to try a trapeze class, do it! Hanging from a bar 20-30′ in the air, with a giant safety net below you, will give you a huge adrenaline rush. Try swinging by your arms. Try swinging by your legs. Somersault to dismount. If they allow it, even try doing a catch. It is exhilarating!
When you eat at a restaurant, thank the waitstaff. Repeatedly. Thank them when they take your order. When they bring you your water or napkins. When they bring you your food or drinks. When they ask if you need a refill or anything else. Saying “thank you” is common courtesy.
Are you a city kid? Go for a hike in the woods. More comfortable in the country? Visit a nightclub in a city. Quiet introvert? Try standup. Life of the party? Learn to embroider. Exposing yourself to new and unexpected experiences will enrich your life, and you may discover a new passion.
Please don’t have pets if you can’t afford to take care of them. If you struggle with the cost to provide them with food, vet visits, litter, grooming, care, medicine, treatment for injury or illness, or have to make sacrifices to your life to afford those things (not paying bills or feeding yourself), then you should not have a pet. Having a pet is not a right, it is a responsibility.
Help a teenager if you can. You can mentor her. Listen to him. Be there for her to talk to. Give him advice. Teens need many positive role models in their lives.
Who eats Chinese food for breakfast? About a billion Chinese people! If you can find a restaurant near you who offers it, go for dim sum! Dim sum is best eaten with others.
Enjoy steamed buns, noodles, potstickers, dumplings, and other delicious foods served in bamboo dishes off steam carts. Yum!