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byKelly Bejelly

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“If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” This is true for many, but when you look at what is worth doing, how do you know? “Time flies”, “life is short”, “you only live once” are all common sayings and again all pretty spot on. Not to be morbid or negative but life is short, and there is no point wasting it. Therefore you should only spend your time doing things that are worth doing, but again, what are they?

To start with, it’s easy. Do things which you really love to do, things which give you happiness and pure satisfaction after you have done them, then you’ll know it’s worth doing.

Secondly, what are your goals? Because anything you do that brings or leads you closer to whatever it is that you eventually want is totally worth doing.

Remember the other saying though, – “Nothing worth doing is easy”, so be prepared for hard work, for wondering whether to give up, for questioning yourself and the value of what you’re putting yourself through. If you’re finding it too easy, it’s probably not worth doing.

What makes you feel good? Is it helping other people? Is it spending time with children? Is it learning, reading, shopping? There are things you can do to make doing what you love more meaningful and more permanent, for example turning it into a career? Doing things you love throughout your entire life is the whole point of living. But at the same time, you have to earn money and to pay bills and put a roof over your head. However, you can study for something worthwhile; worthwhile for you and worthwhile for other people, something like a nursing educator masters degree. If studying isn’t for you, then you could do a job which makes a difference. It doesn’t have to be caring or teaching; it could be writing that you love and writing a book will bring joy to the people who read it, making music could help the people who listen to it, creating a podcast could inspire the people who hear it.

But even if you’re not “helping” other people, but what you’re doing makes you happy, then it’s worth doing – as long as you’re getting what you want. If you’re not enjoying yourself or doing anything to help yourself or to help anyone else, then you are just wasting time, and you only have so much time.

Everyone’s different, and that is the beauty of the human race, so whatever it is that floats your boat, then get on and do it. If it turns out you’re not enjoying it, or it’s not what you want, then change course. Don’t waste time; life is for living!

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