Listening to the counsel of the wise is always a smart thing to do, but sometimes it's better to dance to your own tune. Rely on your intellect and instincts when dealing with pivotal moments of your life. Your success hinges on whether you trust yourself enough to make the right choices. Make sure that your life's profound decisions are your call, so you don't wake up 10 years down the line and blame someone else for your choices.
Here are seven powerful life-altering things you need to do alone.
Live by yourself
There will come a time when you'll have to say goodbye to your childhood home and move into a place of your own. The sooner you do this, the better. When you realize your responsibilities quickly, you don't waste precious years grasping the basics. The importance of saving money and knowing how to cook can only be realized when you live by yourself.
Choose a college course you are passionate about
If you don't want to pursue engineering, don't. Talk to your parents and explain to them about where your passion truly lies. Assure them that your life depends on your career choice and that decision entirely depends on you. Submitting to your parent's choice will never work out favorably.
Travel as much as you can
Meeting people from different cultures will expand your myopic view of the world. You'll gain greater insight into how things work in different sections of this world. Therefore, pack up and hit the road as a whole of world of exposure awaits you.
Prioritize your well-being
Don't allow others to dictate what you can and cannot do. Choose yourself and your well-being over everything else. Prioritizing your mental, emotional and physical health is completely dependent upon you and nobody can make that choice for you except you.
Choose your friends wisely
The older you grow, the more you'll realize that you don't have the patience for small talk. You want to hang out with people who add meaning to your life. Therefore choose people who you are drawn to and who become your support system.
Fall in love
Don't allow anyone to tell you who you should spend the rest of your life with. Be with someone who makes you happy and who makes you see that life is beautiful and worth living. Love and love fearlessly.
Find your purpose in life
Self-introspection is a prerequisite to finding any meaning and your purpose on this earth. Don't pretend to be happy about something just because society expects you to. When you successfully find your purpose in life, you'll experience a state of uninhibited joy.
There are some decisions in life you have to take on your own. Now there are no hard and fast rule to success, happiness or purposefulness, but the above points are some common marquee to leading a happier life.