There are many situations, experiences, and perspectives that affect how we view life and what we see as “truths.”

However, the reality is that life is both good, and hard, and there are some hard realities that we will all have to come to terms with in our time on this earth. These realities can actually add to life’s beauty and mystery if we can accept them and live knowing they are true.

1. Everyone will die.

This may sound callous and harsh but it is true. Life can only be life if there is something to compare it to. We are living organisms that have a certain time to live. Many people pretend it is not true and are not appreciative of the time they have with others. By acknowledging that we will all die, we can take a big picture perspective and avoid small fights and pride and in turn have better relationships.

2. You give your own life meaning.

It is a traditional Buddhist perspective that our own thoughts and actions create the world that we live in. In this thinking, it is clear that the things you do and think create your reality. You give meaning to the things you do. Because of this, you don’t need to compare yourself to others or focus on what it means for others to be successful. You give your own actions meaning.

3. There is no such thing as a perfect partner.

Hollywood fantasies and fairy tales have got it all wrong. There is no such thing as a perfect person who will appear in our lives and do everything right. By having these expectations of others we are only hurting ourselves and preventing real meaningful connections and growth from happening. A good partner who is willing to work on the relationship is the real catch.

4. Life isn’t that serious.

Life is like a game, you do things for experience, you can level up after you play certain levels or achieve certain things, and it always ends. By worrying and trying to stay within limitations that were given to you, not made by you, you’re not really living. Make your own rules, don’t be afraid to try something new, and enjoy yourself!

5. Everything will come to an end.

Nothing lasts forever. Not relationships, not skin plumpness, not relationships, and not careers. It’s the fact that things are temporary that gives life meaning and real appreciation.

 6. Little things can be romantic.

Since we know that all things will end, we know that it’s important to enjoy the little things before they end. When things become boring or commonplace it’s the best time to look with a new perspective or take a different route. The world is full of magic if you can just open your mind to it.

7. Be realistic.

It’s great to have big goals but settling for nothing less than perfect will only cause you heartburn and anxiety. Accept that you have limitations and celebrate the small victories and achievements.

8. Make a change or don’t complain.

We all have complaints about things, from the way our coffee was prepared to the way the president runs the country. However, if you can’t find a way to make something better, don’t complain about it. Upon further reflection you may find that your way isn’t really that much better.

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