Stop caring for what other’s think”The saying has become a common piece of advice that floats around in many social circles. We all have our own set of personal core values, and the more we align our interests and relationships around those core values, the stronger the urge is to turn the other cheek when met with criticism or disdain towards us. In some cases, I do think that it is a wise move to take heed of the criticism received from others, as an individual’s personal criticisms tend to reveal a lot about their character. However, I do believe that in order to live a truly principled way of life, one should at least try to abide by their own set of morals and values (as much as possible). Throughout both my personal and professional life, I’ve been advised many times to care less and less for what other’s think.

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One of my all time favourite television shows was the much too short-lived comedy-drama titled, “Freaks and Geeks”. The show centered around two siblings, and how each of them navigated their way throughout high school. Many viewers have mentioned that “Freaks and Geeks” was one of the most accurate television depictions of high school yet. I think what made the show develop such a strong cult following was not the show’s portrayal of high school itself, but it’s portrayal of social identity within a high school setting. One of the reasons I say this is due to the fact that the show is set in the 1980’s, a decade in which I was only just born into the world. Yet, so many viewers who were not yet of school age in the 1980’s (including myself) still tend to feel such a strong attachment to the television program’s motifs and characters.

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In my previous post, I explored some reasons as to why there appeared to be such an upwards trend regarding the subject of mindfulness. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m definitely no expert when it comes to the art. A lot of what I have mentioned in part one were very much my own insights into the topic; using both personal experiences and some related research.

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I will preface this by saying that I’m definitely not a Guru, or anything close to the sort when it comes to the art of mindfulness. There exists many individuals around the world who dedicate months, years, and even their entire lives to the practice and discipline. So, what exactly is mindfulness? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, mindfulness is defined as:

The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

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My father works as an automotive mechanic by trade. Growing up in my parents’ home, I’d sometimes wake up to the sounds of clinking and clattering of tools outside of my bedroom window. I’d then look outside and notice my father tinkering away on someone’s vehicle. It was all so black and white to me back then. To me, my father was a mechanic. It was his career. And it was what he was paid to do.

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