How to: Get the most out of life

Pick a major: We will spend the majority of our lives working, so it is very important to pick a major in a field that you will enjoy and find success in. Sometimes this can be a daunting, stressful task. After speaking with numerous professors, this is the general consensus on how to pick a major with ease: First, discover where your natural talents are. Next, you have to decide which natural talents bring out happiness and excitement in you. You should enjoy what you are doing. Remember to be realistic about your talents, and understand that there will be unattractive aspects to every field.

Next, you should gradually test the waters. If something does not work out the way you had hoped, do not be afraid to change what you are doing. In all fields you must understand that a willingness to work and commitment are necessary. Also, don’t be afraid to change your mind, and realize that college is not for everyone. If you decide college is not for you, vocational schools can provide you with an education in a field that you may enjoy more.

Try a new club or organization: There are a wide variety of clubs and organizations on campus. Whether it is social, academic, or philanthropic, it will provide you with experiences and new opportunities. Try something outside your major. Maybe this experience will help you decide on a major, prepare you for the future, or just provide you with a good time.

Volunteer: This is a great way to live a better life. Not only will you be able to help someone else, and make their life a little better, but you will also feel better about yourself. It does not have to be something big; sometimes the smallest gestures can be the most helpful. Remember, you should be volunteering for the right reasons. It should not be about getting publicity or showing off your own personal success. It is about helping someone else because at some point in time someone helped you.

Make a bucket list: There are many people who fear dying without having seen the whole world or really experienced all there is in life. So, make a bucket list and do it! Write a list of the 100 things you want to do before you die. Fill your list with things that are outside of your norm that will challenge you. Build a snowman on top of a mountain. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Mexico. Travel to all seven continents. Sing in public. As you complete your list, you will not only gain priceless memories, but you will also gain life experience.

Make a list of your priorities and goals: Put it down on paper. This will help focus your goals, and you will feel great when you accomplish the things on your list. A list can also help you map out different ways to achieve your goals. Remember that life is full of the unexpected, and having different routes allows room for the unexpected. Sometimes, it will seem impossible to achieve a goal. In this case, just keep working at it. Perseverance is a necessity to success. Do not be afraid to fail in trying to reach a goal. Plenty of people have failed before you, and plenty of people will fail after you.

Ask for help: There is no shame in asking for help, whether it is with a class or needing a place to stay in order to get back on your feet. Hold your head high and realize that it is okay to ask for help. Do not allow yourself to end up in a worse living situation because you were afraid to ask. If your friends or families hold it against you in some way, then they probably are not people you really want to have in your life anyway. The people who love you most will be more than willing to help.

Make time for the things you love the most: Whether it is your family, golfing, or something else, make sure you have time to include the things you love the most in your regular schedule. You should enjoy life, and doing this will help you relax and smile when life gets hard and stressful.

Eliminate negative influences: Whether you have a bad friend or you abuse some substance, getting rid of the negative influences in your life may be a challenge at first, however, it will be very beneficial for you in the long run. It is very hard to live a healthy, happy life when you are surrounded by negative things.

Stop being scared of life and embrace it: Things will never work out exactly as planned, and that is okay provided you understand that we can only control so much of our lives. Take a chance! If it does not work out, at least you will come away from it with new experiences and understanding.

Start changing the way you think: There are so many people who sit around and say, “Well, I’m not happy today. So, I probably won’t be happy again tomorrow, and I probably won’t be happy the day after that, or ever.”

These people are living a pessimistic lifestyle, and that attitude can affect every aspect of life in a negative way. So, instead tell yourself, “I may not be happy today, but I could be happy tomorrow, and if not tomorrow, then there is still hope for the day after that.”

Start trying: You probably will not feel so good when you are 86 years old and wishing that you had tried something. Whatever it is, just go for it while you have the shot. You may not get an opportunity again. Some people may say that it is safer not to try, but others may think it is worse to never know what could have been. It is a matter of your personal preference, but what harm can come from just trying? At least then you can give yourself credit for the effort.

Life is meant to be enjoyed. If you feel like you are not enjoying some aspect of life, figure out how to alter it. We are only here for a short time, and sometimes it is really hard to fill up that short time with great life experiences and memories when we spend the majority of our time working.

Remember that there are two types of people in the world: those who try and fail, and those who try and fail yet try again. Lastly, you only get one shot at living a great life, so take advantage of the time you have now. Create awesome memories with awesome people, forget the things that are keeping you down, try and fail, and live without regretting a single minute of it.