5 Answers: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

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‘5 Answers’ is a simple, no-frills written series where we ask five people one same question and share them with you, the readers. A quick read aimed to spark conversations and share perspectives.

I asked 5 people at random this question, “What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?”

“The day you stop comparing yourself with others, will be the day you’re a lot happier. Stop looking at what others have and start appreciating more. This shift in mindset will change your entire outlook on life as your priorities will now be different.” – Jack

“Whenever you feel overwhelmed, make a list of your problems. Cancel out the things you can’t control and work on the things you can. It’s really helped me take a step back in situations and put things in perspective. It’s like compartmentalising your problems and dealing with them one by one.” – Sam

“Time won’t heal what you don’t make time to face. Many a times, we are told to be patient and let time do its work. But I’ve learnt that whilst that applies to and works for many things, trauma caused by heartbreak is the one thing that this doesn’t exactly apply to. Truth is, unless we make time to face our pain, hurt and/or traumas, no amount of time will heal any of those wounds. They don’t even become scars, it’s almost like an open wound that continues to fester. Running away from it or pretending everything’s fine won’t cut it. Catch your breath and face it.” – Louis

“There are two kinds of regrets, the oops kind and the what ifs. Sometimes we make mistakes, we all do. Just make them, go “Oops!” and learn so as not to repeat them. You may regret, but these are probably easier to move on from given time. The worse kind of regrets are what ifs. Things we regret not doing. Not confessing your love for someone when u had a chance, not taking that job in a different field cuz u liked it but it didn’t seem to pay as well, etc. Your life could have gone in so many different ways if you’d only decided to take the leap but here you are stuck wondering forever, what if u took that job, what if she/he/they liked me back. Sometimes some what ifs are pretty clear not to take, but don’t pile up your life with what ifs to the point that when you’re just 30 years old and have a ton of unanswered what ifs. Take that leap when an opportunity presents itself ;)” -Queen whatifah

“Health is wealth, so look after yourself. So basic, I know but also so very true. Once it’s gone, YOU’RE gone. Invest in yourself or whatever you create, you won’t be around to enjoy it. Drink lots of water, eat healthier more often, surround yourself with people who feed your soul – not off of it.” – Xueting

How about you? What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

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