The world changes fast.
The past decade has seen the rise of social media, smartphones and delivery/taxis services like Uber. Who knows what the next 10 years will bring.
With all this change, you may feel overwhelmed. Exhausted. Like it’s impossible to keep up.
It may seem like nothing is certain.
But it ain’t true.
Life’s universal truths are alive and well. They haven’t changed since prehistoric times and knowing them can bring you peace. And no, I’m not referring to these two stale, old “certainties”…
Forget Death and taxes—2 alternative truths to live by
You’ve probably heard people say that death and taxes are life’s only certainties. Death is true, but taxes not so much. They weren’t around 10,000 years ago, and may not be around 10,000 years from now. The point is, we often ignore life’s other certainties:
- Everything will change
- Life is imperfect
Change is a fact of life
Think back to 10 years ago…what’s the same in your life? For me, not much. Besides the fact I’ve hung on to a favorite pair of shorts, I live in a very different place with a very different life. My career has changed, the people I see daily have changed as has the main dudette in my life.
If you examine your life, I bet you’ll see something similar. Your life has changed dramatically in the last decade. And if I had to guess, your next 10 years will undergo a similar transformation.
After all, the world has changed much in the last 100 years. Before then, there was no internet, no cell phones and no pizza delivery. Antibiotics were yet to be invented, as was the electric guitar, microwavable dinners and, of course, frisbees. Life is always changing, always has been and always will. 100 years from now, who knows what amazing developments will happen. We may be living in space, have robots as friends and pizza joints could offer teleport delivery.
Change is one of life’s few certainties. And while it can be stressful, it also brings amazing inventions like I mentioned above. Either way, accepting that change is part of life’s nature can give you peace. Knowing it will happen and is always happening, even as you read this article, can provide deep comfort. Why?
Because you won’t fight change when it occurs. You’ll expect it and be able to more easily adapt. You will make peace with life knowing that change is part of the deal. Change is life. Along with the second truth on this list.
Life will always be imperfect (there’s always room for improvement)
Humans idolize perfect moments. The ones you see in movie endings where everything is finally just right after a long struggle.
But these so-called perfect moments never last. Once you reach the next level—whether in your career, income or even health—you’ll eventually start to see its holes. Now you have the big house, but what if you had the boat? You’ve lowered your blood pressure, what about your cholesterol? As humans, we want to aim higher and do better. Just like there are endless updates to your phone, computer and technology, there are always ways to update, or improve, yourself.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to make things better. I do myself. What’s wrong is believing that your life sucks and that perfection is possible. Neither are true. If you’re unhappy, it could be because you’re hung up on things being just right. But that’s not gonna happen.
Things will never be perfect. There will always be flaws. Which is why you should embrace them. Know that even though things can and likely will get better, that today is still a good day—with all its faults, problems and mishaps. If you search too hard for perfection, not only will you never find it, but you’ll end up 80 years old wishing you had made time to enjoy the ride, with its up, downs, heartaches and happiness along the way.
Accept these 2 universal truths and let happiness in
Make them part of your new worldview. Screw death and taxes. Replace this old saying with imperfection and change. These are two of the only things that are certain in life. Make peace with them and I guarantee you’ll become happier in the coming weeks.
You’ll stop seeing yourself as some static, imperfect person, and instead see yourself as an ever-changing dude who gets a little bit better each day—BUT also remembers to appreciate each day. Perhaps with a beer, a heart-to-heart chat with a buddy or just a moment of chillin’ while you’re plopped on the couch.
When you understand that change and imperfection are part of life’s nature, and make peace with them, happiness suddenly becomes a weekly experience.
You’ll smile more often, you’ll take things less seriously and you’ll know that when big changes occur, it’s just life doing its thing in its glorious imperfect way.