Bit by bit I’ve come to realize the complexity and my minuscule understanding of the world.

Do I even know myself? I question my thoughts, my history, actions. Everything.

Listed below are 12 Rules for Life, from a book by Jordan B Peterson. I have not read the book as of this writing but the main topics itself provide critical guidelines. I have added my own comments under each rule.

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12 Rules for Life

1) Stand up straight with your shoulders back.

Your posture affects how you feel. Good posture = higher confidence.

2) Treat yourself as if you were someone that you are responsible for helping.

No one is obligated to help you.

3) Make friends with people who want the best for you.

Bad friends will prevent you from moving up. They will pull you down to their level.

4) Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.

Their is no competition. You are you.

5) Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.

You will come to resent them for behaviors which you have enabled.

6) Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.

Fix yourself before you try and fix the world.

7) Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.

Accept life is hard. Easy road now leads to pain later.

8) Tell the truth.

For your own sake. Lies add up and slowly kill You.

9) Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you need to know.

They do. It is not possible for one know everything.

10) Be precise in your speech.

Pick your words carefully. They may come to bite you later.

11) Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.

Kids need to play and be active.

12) Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.

I like petting cats and dogs.

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