Would you break the law to save a loved one?

Our whole life we’ve been taught to follow directions and never break rules. We’re told that the winners in life always follow the rules. And while this may not be completely true, rules add so much value to a functioning society. It makes us more efficient and feel a lot safer.

But otherwise, there’s nothing really special about being a law abiding citizen. There’s no awards or recognition like you get in school for one hundred percent attendance. Honestly whether we know it or not, we’ve all broken a rule or two. Life goes on.

But intentionally breaking the law is much riskier and requires you to answer some tougher questions… Like, “should I break the law to save a loved one?”

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How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

Age is just number. But the world operates using numbers. Business live and die by revenue numbers. Everything is scheduled on the numbers of time. And society divides everyone into buckets based on the numbers of our age.

But our outer age is different from our inner age. Some people are naturally young at heart. Other people have been old souls their whole life. These inner ages dictate more of who we truly are. This is the age we most identify with but also the age we most enjoyed.

You may have to think on your inner age, but without a doubt I know mine.

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When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?

The beauty of being a human being comes from having so much free will. We can gather information and make decisions all on our own. Sometimes we use how we feel to steer our decision-making, and other times what we think. Our best decisions are made when we use a balance of logic and feelings.

But sometimes we abuse our free will. Instead of taking action on things, we overthink and even “overfeel”. There is much value in taking the time to think before you act. But taking a surplus a time thinking is a true fault. It promotes inaction and many times leaves us feeling paralyzed.

Sometimes you just have to stop calculating risk and reward, and just do what you know is right. Here’s a list of those times…

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When you are 80-years-old, what will matter to you the most?

Nobody wakes up first thing in the morning and starts planning their 80th birthday. Not because it’s not important, but it’s just not all the hype. We’re too busy partying away our twenties. We’re even more busy trying to glue together some stability in our thirties.

Eighty is pretty much the beginning of the end. When we’re eighty years old, chances are we will be much wiser. Having learned so much in life, we will care about so many different things when older. And the worse feeling is getting there and feeling like we did it all wrong.

So here and now I’ll share what I think will matter to me in my eighties.

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Are you holding on to something that you need to let go of?

Everyone gets attached. We get attached to things. We get attached to people. We get attached to ideas. As we live our lives, we find things we enjoy or love. Then we get attached to these things. And we hold on to things that sometimes we don’t need to.

Why do we hold on to things that hurt us? Why do we love things that hate us? Why do we commit to things that can’t commit to us? Everyone has something they’re holding on to. Whether it’s a grudge, an addiction, an idea, or a concept. We need to let go.

Here are a few things I need to let go of.

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What would you regret not fully doing, being, or having in your life?

No regrets!

That’s what many people scream, right before they do something they know they’re going to regret in the morning. Like getting a tattoo of a loved one on your face. Like having sexual relations with someone they have no business engaging with. Like putting ten thousand dollars all on red.

But these are things you regret doing. And every once in while we make bad decisions. Nobody’s perfect. However, many people miss the biggest regrets in life. And they’re not the stupid things you did, but rather all the great things you didn’t. Those are the most profound regrets.

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If you had to teach something, what would you teach?

The world is nothing without the dedicated people who commit to being teachers. Knowledge isn’t just instantly transferred from one person to another. (At least not in this reality.) The next generation can only be as good as the teachers that teach them. And that in itself is a huge responsibility.

But there are many people who wouldn’t choose to teach in a million years. Not because of pay, or dealing with rebellious kids, but rather because they don’t have the confidence. They don’t think they’re intelligent enough to teach others. But I think everyone has the capabilities to teach something.

If it were me, there’s a few things I might teach.

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Which activities make you lose track of time?

Human life today is very much dependent on time. We have been standardizing time from centuries ago with tools like the sundial. Society now could never function without time governing each and every move we make. Our lives are laid out on a schedule and chained to it no matter what. Time itself is the center of our universe more so than the sun.

So when we engage in activities that make us lose track of time, it’s a thing a beauty. Some activities magnetize all of our attention at a time. We put all other thoughts and concerns on the backburner. And we get engulfed in something, usually, that we truly enjoy.

Which activities cause this to happen? It’s different for everyone, but here are mine.

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If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?

Humans are social beings. We’ve come to learn this over time. But we never seem to learn how to be good at social. You don’t learn how to find new friends. You don’t learn how to choose those friends. And we never learn how to treat those friends. All this time in school, and socially we’re supposed to just figure it out.

The funny thing is, somehow we do. Somehow, we figure out how to find our group friends. Somehow, we figure out how to pick the friends that click with our interests. And somehow, some of us figure out how to be a good friend.

Unfortunately, we never really figure out how our friends should treat us. And worse more, we sometimes aren’t great friends to ourselves.

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Is it possible to lie without saying a word?

Liar, liar pants on fire!

Everybody hates liars with a passion. We’ve been trained since grade school to bash those who choose to decieve others. But somehow, we find ourselves lying more and more as we get older. We lie to make people feel good. We lie to protect our pride. We lie just for the fun of it.

And that’s sad. Yes white lies may make for a more conflict-free world at times, but the truth is such a powerful thing. The truth adds so much more value to our lives and the people around us. Nonetheless, we find more and more ways to lie. But is it really possible to lie without saying a word?

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