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Stoicism: How To Live a Full Life Like Every Day is Your Last

One of my favorite email newsletters is the Daily Stoic.

Stoicism is a Greek philosophy, and it’s all about bettering yourself constantly while still living in the present and not letting feelings overcome your decision making. Basically, stoics know that:

  • Life is unpredictable
  • Life is short
  • Life is what you make of it

I love the daily emails because they are constant reminders to get the fuck over whatever I’m dealing with, stop stressing over things I can’t control, and simply try to be my best self today. As my anxiety has gotten worse over the last few months since publishing my book, reading up on stoicism keeps me grounded and rational.

I strongly recommend everyone read Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life. It’s super short, and it’s powerful. I keep it on my nightstand.

“People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.”

“But life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.”

People often ask how I manage to do so much. How do I have enough time in the day to stay busy constantly? Well, I get bored easily. I like living a very full life. Maybe people mean that I acknowledge the shortness of life more than most people my age?

Many of you know I’m the youngest of 8. My dad turns 80 next year, and I have siblings over twice my age. I’ve been told my whole life how quickly time flies, and I’ve learned a lot from my family. My oldest brother died in a car accident when I was 9­­­. As my parents are older than most of my peers’, I’ve had to take on a lot more responsibilities at a young age.

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You never know what’s going to happen, but you can control how you react to whatever happens.

We’re always told that we’re sooo young and have sooo much time ahead of us, but do we really? I recommend all twenty-somethings read The Defining Decade. Although we are young, that doesn’t mean we have endless time to piss away. Our time is ours to define who we want to be.

Each uncomfortable experience is practice for becoming the person we want to be. Don’t like how you reacted to something? Change it. Take initiative to own your own feelings. Yes, it requires some self-discipline, but it’s good for ya.

My advice for living a full life, like every day is your last?

DO

  • Something that scares you. Constantly redefine your comfort zone.
  • Celebrate the small wins. Whether in your journal, your head, or on social media, acknowledge every accomplishment.
  • Talk to people that are different from you and smarter than you. It doesn’t matter how brilliant you are – you can always learn more.

DON’T

  • Escape reality. Build a life you love that doesn’t require you to run away.
  • Forget to say I love you. Check in on your loved ones constantly. Make sure they know how much you appreciate them.

The year is over halfway over. Past the summer solstice, the days are getting shorter. What do you want to accomplish this year? What do you want to do before the end of the summer? What kind of person do you want to be this week?

Do it. Run your own damn world.

I’ll be rooting for you the entire way! Let me know your small wins and how you’re practicing stoicism.

“Life is long if you know how to use it.”

Xoxo,

++ Mary K

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