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Luc Price

The Simple Rules of Life 12:55 AM - Sun 
I want to believe that life is simple; that there's absolutely no need to make it complicated as it is. 

Two years ago I read a book called "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior", and believe it or not but this book changed my life my outlook in life my experiences and my wisdom about life. A simple fictional book that absolutely turned my life around and there's really no other way describe this book as close being simple yet impactful. The mere simplicity that ca influence one to millions or billions of people. 

Many quotes, speeches, sayings struck me as I was reading this book, but one of the main things that caught my attention was these three rules. Paradox, Humor, and Change.

In the book, the so called mentor (Socrates) of the protagonist which was Dan, explained to him that life is merely consisting of these rules:

Rules 1 - Paradox: Life is a mystery, don't waste your time trying to figure it out. Paradox implies that when we try so hard to find the answer in our life, we tend to miss out on all the fun; the journey per se. We can try so hard in seeking the meaning of life or the answers only to find out that what we're looking for isn't there, but only exists here and now. As a student I can relate this to my academics, I wasn't really a bright student but I push through although I try and exert a certain amount of effort I somehow miss the target. It's not that I fail, but I don't entirely grasp the grade the I want. Yes, I know this example is subjective but you get the point. Paradox simple states that whatever path you're in right either it's good or bad, it only means that you're on the right track. It's telling you focus merely what's in front of you and to stop trying to jump on to the ending and enjoy. Because no matter what, we wouldn't really know what the outcome will be. And "what is to be. must be".

Rule 2 - Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure. I know it's silly but it's kind of true; I can probably refer this rule to my insecurities. I've always thought that I wasn't enough or I wasn't good enough, though I still have those thoughts or asI believe, these illusions that i tell myself, I would still have this humor that I carry with me. I used to think that making mistakes would make me look so dumb, but instead I turned it into something I can laugh at. Of course, not every mistake is laughable, I'm saying that when you make a mistake, it's really fine to look at it positively or kid yourself once in a while instead of being hard on yourself. Mistakes are always solvable, if one is willing enough to solve them. 

Rule 3 - Change: Know that nothing stays the same. I guess there's no explanation needed. We all know that the only thing constant is change. And nowadays, due to what's happening with the world, it's safe to say that a lot has changed ever since the pandemic hit.  We can always have good moments in our lives and can instantly turn into bad one, or sometimes change occurs gradually. Where we can notice it but the people around us do. Change is pretty much the source evolution, to evolve into something better and unique. Some changes  doesn't seem to fit our lives and we ought to complain about it, instead of just dealing with the change and working on what we have now until everything gets better. Some things are meant to unfold themselves, and there are things we can and can't control. 

These are the rules that are simple yet bendable and only depending on how we comply with these rules. Everybody has their path, and I hope these rules will be applicable to yours.  

By Lucy 

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