"It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims." ~ Aristotle
That said, here are mine
1) "Be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Anyone can be cynical. Anyone can say "Well, in an ideal world I wouldn't do _____, but it's not an ideal world, other people do it, and I need to
be able to compete." True, it's not an ideal world - but if you want it to be, you need to set an example. It may not pay dividends for you
personally, but you can inspire others who can inspire others etc. Never underestimate the ripple effect.
2) "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~ [Attributed to various people]
No-one is without their demons. No-one has a purely easy life. Sure, some people have easier lives than others in terms of financial support. But you
know nothing of what goes on in their heads. For instance, I despise the policies of our Prime Minister, David Cameron. I don't understand how any
human can be happy knowing that their decisions cause other people suffering. But I'm not in his head. It's easy for someone in my position to
judge, but I know nothing about this man's upbringing, whether he has been lucky enough to experience the amount of love, kindness and compassion
that I have. We all face different challenges. I suspect that is why we're here.
3) Know when to call it a day
This is my major stumbling point, and perhaps one of my ultimate life lessons.
I get incredibly angry about INJUSTICE. If I have an experience that is utterly unfair, I rail against it. If I see someone else experiencing
injustice, I feel it with them and get upset by it.
I know people say "Life's not fair," and that's true; it's not. But if I see something unfair that has the potential to be rectified, then I will
fight for justice with everything I've got.
My problem is that I don't know when I'm beat. I keep fighting when everyone else has given up. In some ways this is commendable, but honestly, it
doesn't do much for my mental health. I'm still incredibly angry and bitter over stuff that happened years ago that I will never be able to put
right. It still rankles. I haven't moved on, I haven't accepted it; it's stored in my brain, so every time something makes me angry it releases a
lifetime's worth of anger.
It's far easier said than done to just "let it go". Trust me, I would if I could. But my advice to anyone reading this, if you don't want to turn
into a bitter, rage-fuelled hate monster: know a lost cause when you see it, accept it, and move on.
That's all I can think of for now