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Write your Owner’s Manual

How often have you heard people say that life doesn’t come with an owner’s manual?

It’s true. Life doesn’t come with a specific owner’s manual for you. So why not write one?

This question hit home for me recently when I decided to make an eye appointment, but let me take a step back.

I got my first pair of glasses about 4 years ago. Now, I’m getting headaches and eye strain again. My problem is that I don’t know when to go get new glasses. If I’d had glasses for years and years, I would probably know when it was time to get new glasses. Unfortunately, as I have so little experience with glasses, I didn’t really think of it. I just thought I’d been having more headaches than normal.

How was I supposed to know this? Well, I could ask someone, or I might just muddle about until I learned it. But when I do learn it, I need to further develop my “owner’s manual”.

I think that learning how my body and mind worked and developing my own owner’s manual was one of the things that led me to start writing for this site. We get bombarded by a LOT of advice on how to live our lives. Some of it is good, some of it is horrible, and much of it works for only certain people. How can we tell the difference?

Trial and error.

It’s not easy, but it works. It just takes time. And once you learn what works for you, then you’re ahead of most other people.

Have you written an owner’s manual for your life?

Not Myself Today

Whenever I talk about happiness in this blog, sadness is the elephant in the room.

I was blown away today by a blog entry from Kat Langdon (as an aside, read her blog, love her music, she’s pretty much just an awesome human being).

She addresses the “Not Myself Today” initiative in better words than I could ever manage. Kudos to you Kat.

For all of you out there struggling with Mental Health issues, you are not alone, and you do not need to be ashamed.

Check out http://www.notmyselftoday.ca to hear other’s stories and learn more.