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8 do's and Don'ts of Life ...

By Jordin

Life is a very fragile thing, which is why it's sometimes hard to consider the big do's and don'ts of life. I'm realizing this the older I get. I've always been taught that life is a gift, but as I grow older it really hits me each day that life doesn't last forever. It's important to live in the here and the now! Appreciate what you have, when you have it, because it will be gone soon. Life flies by! Just ask your parents, or grandparents. Or witness it yourself in your own life! As we only live one life on earth, I've written a list of 8 do's and don'ts of life that I believe we should all live by. Please keep reading if you want to know about them!

1 Do Learn to Use a Hammer and Nail

Do Learn to Use a Hammer and NailI grew up as the oldest of 6 siblings, but 3 of those were my brothers! Between my dad and brothers (and a sprinkling of cousins and grandfathers in between) I never had to lift a finger to do any sort of thing like, pump my own gas (although I did eventually learn how to!), hang my own picture frames, take out the trash, mow the lawn, lift anything heavy or change my flats. That being said, not every girl has brothers, a dad or a husband who is there to take care of those things. So learn how to change a flat tire, use a hammer, screwdriver and pliers. Someday, it may pay off!

2 DON'T Take Anyone for Granted

DON'T Take Anyone for GrantedAs I mentioned before, life IS fragile. And even though you may not lose someone to death, there are other ways to lose loved ones. Always remember to smile, give out hugs like candy and say thank you often. And give the most important thing you have to give as much as you can-that would be your time.

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3 Do Learn How to Make Friends

Do Learn How to Make FriendsIf you want to HAVE friends you have to BE a friend. That doesn't mean that your friends only like you because of what you have to offer. What it DOES mean is that someone who smiles and puts forth an effort will have more returns than someone who frowns and growls at everyone in sight. Life is short, so fill it up with lots of good friends and you won't be sorry!

4 DON'T Trust Any One Person with ALL Your Secrets

DON'T Trust Any One Person with ALL Your SecretsOne of my top do's and don'ts of life is to remember not to trust any one person with ALL your secrets. We all have that sweet friend that would never spill, but there are some things that are better left between you and, well, you! You don't need to burden down any one person with all your skeletons in the closet, and while there are many times when you just need someone to talk to, be careful to choose what to talk about and what to leave unsaid. Trust me on this one. You don't want to end up hurt!

5 Do Take a Risk Every Now and then

Do Take a Risk Every Now and thenOut of all of my do's and don'ts of life, this is probably the most important one. Most people play it safe, thinking that they would rather be safe than sorry. But what is life if it's lived without love? Or passion? Life isn't meant to get us from day to day. It's meant to fulfill and satisfy us! So go ahead, take a chance. Take a chance on love, life, your dreams-just go for it!

6 DON'T Worry over Everything

DON'T Worry over EverythingIf there's one thing that women probably do the most, it's worry. We worry over money, friends, positions, our clothes, our children-the list is endless! But this is one of the do's and don'ts of life! Worrying can only cause stress, which is something you do NOT need ever. So let it go and realize you can't change it by worrying about it.

7 Do Take Care of Your Body

Do Take Care of Your BodyThe abuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products is on the rise lately. And especially in young women. I would encourage you to remember that you only have one body. And it has to last you an entire lifetime! If you smoke or use drugs on an addictive level, seek professional help NOW. And if you use alcohol or tobacco on a strict social level? Well, why do you need to use products that are harmful to your body in order to have friends? Just say no!

8 DON'T Walk around with a Bad Attitude

DON'T Walk around with a Bad AttitudeLearn to enjoy the little things in life. Don't let the small problems "rock your boat." You will be much happier and so will those around you! These do's and don'ts are tried and true, and trust me when I say, going through life with a good, positive, upbeat attitude will not only influence you, but it will touch those around you as well! And that's something to be remembered for!

I think that it's important for everyone to realize that you only live once. You don't get a second chance at life if you waste yours away and you don't get to decide when your life starts or ends. So live your life to the very fullest! I hope my list of 8 do's and don'ts of life has inspired you to make some changes and start appreciating every day of your life as the gift it is! How do you live life to its very fullest?

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