I often wonder what is the key to living a truly wonderful life. You know, one that is full of inspiration, passion, amazement. One with a lust for living, but is also balanced and peaceful. I want to live a life that when everything is said and done and I’ve used up every last drop of life because I lived so damn much and so damn well there’s just nothing left.

There’s no magic handbook as to how to do this, but there are a few common-sense-yet-we-still-fail-to-follow ways to live an inspired and inspiring life. And that’s what we have here: 10 Bullet Points to Live It Right.

And you may says, “You can’t sum up how to live an inspired and inspiring life in 10 bullet points!” But remember, life really doesn’t have to be that complicated. It’s really quite simple…


Think about how scared you were when you tried something you now love for the first time? Aren’t you glad fear didn’t stop you? What if fear had kept you from moving abroad or moving on that project or making a move on that fine guy/girl you’re madly in love with today? We’re capable of doing remarkable things, but if we let fear guide is to the safer path instead of taking the exciting risks in life, well that would be just boring. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a fear that is scary, but rather one of excitement and eagerness. Fight for the things you believe you’re meant to do.


Despite what it may feel like some days, man is not inherently evil, the world is not out to get you or the people you love, and most importantly, everything actually WILL be okay. Hope is the thing that got Andy Dufresne out of Shawshank! It’s the thing that when everything seems to be crashing down on us, helps us to weather the storm. Hope for better days. Hope for a better world. Hope for a better you. Hope for a better tomorrow. And along with that hope, do everything you can to make it a reality.


Excess in life is about as unwanted as excess fat on your booty. Get rid of the things that do not matter: toxic friends, bad habits, stupid negative self talk, cluttering possessions, superficial materials., mind-numbing work. Just as you are what you eat, you are what you put into your life. Would you knowingly eat something fully aware it’d give you terrible food poising and a huge ass for the rest of your life? Hell No! Why should life be anything different?


Bite off more than you can chew and savor every flavor and moment of it. Stay up late. Get up early. Ask for help. Find a way. Make it happen. Do whatever it takes to do the great things that make you feel alive. Living like that isn’t easy, but it’s the only way to really live. And the hard work is worth it. Start a business, move abroad, learn to cook, volunteer every weekend, call old friends, do big favors, practice Spanish, learn guitar, start another project and then another project, go on spontaneous trips, and the list goes on. Chew off as much of life as you can!


Shit happens. That’s just how it is. People screw up, you screw up, situations get screwed up. Fix them. If you have time to whine and complain, you have time to fix and solve. And if it can’t be mended, accept it, learn from it, recognize it, and then walk away. But do not complain. Life isn’t meant to be taken so seriously that we whine about everything.


Enjoy the simplest of moments and simplest of pleasures. Relax. Take it in. FEEL. BE. It’s a fast-paced, wild world we live in, but stop your inner world as much as you can and sit back for a moment and think about where you are. And see, taste, smell, hear, touch every aspect of it. Breathe. It’s the THIS moment and the right NOW.


We’re so busy talking and adding to the noise that we forget two very important pieces of the puzzle: 1.) The sound of silence. It’s the silent gaps between words and conversations that the answers are found. It’s a conversation all on its own. 2.) The gift of listening. There are so many lessons to learn if we could only learn to listen to them. Not just to hear them, but to actually listen. Not to chime in with our excuses or our criticisms, but to simply listen and understand and comprehend. Talk less. Listen more.


Say who you are. Say what you feel. Say what you believe. We all have a message to share and a story to tell. Don’t be afraid to let people know it. People want to hear the stories of another’s passions and convictions and achievements and dreams. Be proud of you who you are, what you’re about and what you’re doing, and share it with the world. It is sure to inspire.


Hate is nothing but a burden. It’s a self-made cage. In fact, do away with the word hate entirely. Hate is what has led to many of our world’s conflicts and battles, it’s the open would that’s left after a relationship’s love has been lost, it’s the worst inner-voice talk you could think within yourself.  Learn to accept, learn to forgive, and learn to understand. Once you can do this, your free.


Love one another and you will be happy. It is as simple as that. Yes, loving with all your heart opens you up to hurt, but it fully worth it. This is going to sound really corny, but love is what makes the world go round! And it doesn’t have to by mushy-gushy stuff. It’s the simple act of caring, be it your showing it to your best friend, your lover, or a stranger on the street. And the great thing about love is its contagious. We all deserve to get love, we all deserve to receive love. Love. It’s what makes the world go round.

And that’s it. Fear Less. Hope More. Eat Less. Chew More. Whine Less. Breathe More. Talk Less. Say More. Hate Less. Love More.


How Do You Inspire And Get Inspired? What would you add?
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About Lauren Rains

Hi my name is Lauren Rains. I write about the human experience. Through thick and thin, I’m dedicated to growth, adventure, integrity, and love. The Mad To Live is based on my pursuits, experiments, research, and lessons of challenge and triumph in all areas of life, including being entrepreneur, a writer, a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, a student, a creative, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a significant other, a stranger and the list goes on. At the end of the day, I believe human beings are here for two reasons: 1.) to love one another with total acceptance, and 2.) to see what we’re made of as we create the possibilities for an abundant life for ourselves and for others. No more bullshit, let's just enjoy our lives.

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