We live in a society, where peer pressure, stress at work and our fear of speaking up take away all of our energy. Sometimes we are scared to speak up and we think that if we do, our position in the society, work or friend circle will be somehow lost or diminished. We started to forget that there are certain things that we should never forget about our lives and should not be afraid to speak when we are mistreated or forced into actions under a duress. I believe there is a long list of things we shouldn't ever forget but below is the list that in my opinion has become extremely relevant:

Authenticity:   Authenticity - being true and honest and being yourself. We should never forget to be authentic no matter what we do. Remember to be authentic to others but most importantly be authentic to yourself. The more authentic you are, the more people will feel comfortable around you. The minute you lose your authenticity things will start going down and not in a good way!

Don't be afraid to express yourself:  Peer pressure has been and always will remain one of the biggest issues at schools, colleges and believe it or not work places! It is amazing how sometimes we are scared to do something because we anticipate how our colleagues might react. We are willingly putting ourselves down, so that our colleagues can have it their own way! Have you ever had that moment when you disagree with your colleague but dare not speak in fear? Next time, just go for it - peer pressure or not you have to speak up and the worst thing that can happen is a working moment/disagreement. No one will fire you for speaking your mind!

Be Yourself: This one falls somewhere in between point 1 and point 2, but reinforces the fact that we should never forget to be ourselves. If we are happy, bubbly and chatty that's who we are and there should not be anything or anyone who could influence or pressure us into changing! Particularly applicable at work or in relationships, where our colleagues or partners ask of us to be something/someone that we are not...

Love:  Some of you must be going like "what? love?". Yes, love, is often forgotten! Remember that love can take many shapes and forms and it can be towards someone special or towards someone in your family. Don't forget to tell people that you love them, it is important to voice your feelings - no matter how tough it might be. The word "love" is overused today and sometimes it can be in appropriate but when it's spoken from the bottom of your heart and is addressed to the right people, it is the best feeling in the world to be able to say it.

Love Yourself: Again some of you, must be thinking like "what?" but this one is important. If you don't learn how to love yourself, people will find it challenging to love you. So remember to love yourself and value yourself, not in a selfish and egoistic way but in a healthy self respecting way.

Enjoy your life! Last but not least, no matter where you are, no matter what you do - always remember to enjoy your life! Remember we are all given one chance at life and some of us are luckier than others and we all have different backgrounds but we are all alive! So make it count, don't wait forever! Don't take life for granted! Life is not a given and we have to learn to appreciate our friendships, colleagues, family and appreciate the nature, life and all that comes with it. Life might not be a wish granting factory but it sure always works out in our best interest one way or another! So, remember that and cherish every moment of your life. It is too short to be wasted!

Wouldn't you agree? Anything to add?