NOTE: I started to write it as an update for my Facebook page, but the lists appeared to be a bit too long.
Idealist. Perfectionist. MISFIT.
Always seems like something is “wrong” with me. Because many people live by some predefined rules, traditions, standards… And I am looking for the fullest and richest expression of WHO I AM. Which, as it appears, shines best through decisions and choices, through taking actions or refraining from actions.
I DON’T (generally)
I don’t smoke and I don’t drink alcohol.
I don’t like to party past midnight.
I don’t copy other people’s work verbatim and present it as my own.
I don’t have any piercing or tattoos, and I never dyed my hair.
I don’t use pirated software at all since I switched to Mac.
I don’t play computer games since March 2007. (ONE notable exception: OpenTTD, which expresses my LOVE to road and rail)
I don’t watch TV and usually don’t listen to radio either.
I don’t keep up with the “news”, with the mass media.
I don’t care about the unpleasant things I cannot change, neither I like to listen such things from people who aren’t going to do anything about them.
I don’t like to talk about impersonal things, like general politics or any events that touch neither me nor my conversation partner directly.
I don’t complain ( well, except about the PhD project :D ) and I reject hanging out with negative people.
I love with my whole heart and spirit. I love with my whole life.
I help people when they are ready to receive help.
I believe in personal connections with people.
I can separate “business” and “personal” worlds (unlike many other Russians)
I dream, no matter how big, unreasonable, inappropriate my dreams may seem.
I take action. I am acting on things I truly desire, even if from outside it might look weird, unreasonable, crazy, etc.
I do yoga.
I care about people.
I value people’s time. I notify people if I am going late. I notify them as soon as my plans change (though usually my plans do not change).
I still buy musical CDs sometimes. You never get such quality in MP3, NEVER. Even though I mostly do listen to the ripped copy of the music.
I believe in the high quality work.
I believe in leaving the world better than we found it.
I believe that each of us has unique life and this life comes with a uniques purpose and a unique best way for living it.
I believe in Chris Guillebeau’s idea, “You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to. You can do good things for yourself and for others, at the same time.”
I am “distracted” by dozens of things. But I believe that it is exactly in these distractions where I get the life energy for doing the essential things.
I improvise music. I prefer not to play covers, not to study and learn somebody else’s music but just express my unique perspective and skills.
And while I know that it is not a strategy to be popular, I would like to stay as true to most of these DON’Ts and DOs as possible. Because whenever I try to change some of them, to go another way, it does not feel right. My body feels bad, my heart feels bad, my mind feels bad and my spirit feels bad when I don’t stay true to my ideals. It does not really feel like LIFE. And I do want, I DESIRE to LIVE.
Which principles do you follow in your life? What is unique about YOU? Please share with us in the comments!