My Fashion Philosophy

Do you have some fashion philosophies? Some guidelines or trends by which you buy/make clothes? I do, and I share mine below in summary of an overarching philosophy, elaborating on each element later.

If you don’t have some fashion philosophies, you might consider formulating some. You can develop it by thought, or start by analyzing what you have in your closet, and deciding what you might like to change. What you wear does make an impression and does form some portion of your identity. Not having some conscious fashion philosophies is a bit like not having an identity for which you have some say in. Are you the type to run around without an identity you give yourself? 🙂

If you do have some fashion philosophies, or will be getting some, please do share. You can link to this post or leave a comment.

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My 41 Life Philosophies (So Far)

I have many life philosophies by which I live. By life philosophies, I mean principles and attitudes I really live by, not just nod when I hear them in the form of a good quote or speech. I have never kept record of these life philosophies, but I thought I’d take some time to write some down now to see if I had one for every year I’ve lived. Why one per year lived? Because I’ve long thought that if I could learn something valuable enough from life each year to turn it into a life philosophy, a life outlook and behavioral change for the rest of my life, it’d have been a good year for wisdom.

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Life Philosophize Your Age – A Facebook Status or Note Meme Theme Challenge!

As we live life, we’re supposed to become wiser from having experienced more. That’s the theory, at least. But how would one measure that?

There’s an interesting debate if I’ve ever heard one. However, I propose this challenge for you to try, no matter what your age.

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Six Life Philosophies from an Obituary Writer

The Boston Globe recently had a great short article about six life lessons given by Bryan Marquard, their obituary writer of over 800 obits in the past 3.5 years. His perspective was that he looked at life through the lens of death. The article ended by asking “what have you learned from life”?

I’ll summarize the article here and give a few answers for this post.

1. Be nice.
No matter what you accomplish, how you treat people has a lot to do with how you will be remembered.

2. Don’t be mean.
You can be #1 or #2 without being the other.

3. If you want to live long, retire young…
Leave some time for fun in your life.

4. Or don’t retire at all.
Pursue your passions.

5. You don’t have to be rich – or even have a home.
It’s you, what you are and what you do that matter most.

6. Act now.
Don’t put off what you’ve always wanted to do.

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I liked the article because it looks at life through a very different perspective than one that I have. It’s not that I think most people have the view of an obituary writer, but rather how much I stay away from the thought of death. I have never fully read an obituary, even of some people very dear to me. And I don’t have insurance except for where I can’t avoid it, like to drive or insurance with my job. Sure, I appreciate a health plan and such, but insurance is like a constant reminder, with payment, of unfortunate things. As someone who believes that if you think about something enough, it might just happen to you, I stay away from those negative things.

As for some of what I’ve learned from life? For starters, I’ve got 26 life philosophies through this link. But if you’re not interested, I’ll leave three different ones here:

1. Act now, enjoy the moment, but live like there is always a tomorrow.
You couldn’t hope to either truly live every day or moment like it’s the last of your life, or last long doing it.

2. It’s not how you start that matters, but rather how you finish.
Save the best for last, and something better for tomorrow.

3. Everything means more the more you had to earn it.
“Earn” is any kind of effort you have to put in.

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If you want lots of life lessons, please check out my blogging buddy’s Lifelessons4u blog. She’s got more life lessons than you could learn in a life time!

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One Sentence Philosophies or Attitudes Facebook Note

facebook notes for thinkersCopy the text between the dotted line as your note in Facebook, MySpace or other places. Put each of your answer on the line just below each prompt.

To make this an English as a Second / Foreign Language exercise, assign the note with some degree of explanation for each answer, whether a sentence, short paragraph or presentation.

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You may or may not have a philosophy (or attitude) towards the big things in life. Well, this is as good a time as any to find out. And if you do find it, there’s no better time than the present to start living it. This note might take a little soul-searching as well as thinking.

Someone thinks you’re a smart oyster loaded with pearls of wisdom and seeks your vision on 20 big ticket items in life. You can take that with a grain of sand, if you like. If you are to keep that status, though, you must share your wisdom like a sage, in one sentence… the sort that can easily be quoted, texted or Twittered. Don’t try to be pretentious, grandiose, deep or anything. Just be yourself!

So put your CAPS LOCKS key ON to accentuate your answers and let’s get going!

 
1. Happiness

 
2. Adversity

 
3. Success

 
4. Aging

 
5. Love

 
6. Sex

 
7. Faith

 
8. People

 
9. Health

 
10. Money

 
11. Family

 
12. Mistakes

 
13. Feelings

 
14. Work

 
15. Forgiveness

 
16. Education

 
17. Death

 
18. Life

 
19. Living

 
20. Life philosophies

 
One a scale of 1-10, how well are you living your philosophies on these matters?
(1 = hypocrite, 10 = example in action)

 

 
Parting words of wisdom?

 

Please tag some friends to encourage them to try this note, and include me because I want to benefit from your wisdom.

For more introspective Facebook notes like this, please see https://digitalcitizen.ca/facebook-notes/

 
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1. Happiness
IS DIFFERENT THINGS TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE, BUT CANNOT BE KNOWN WITHOUT SADNESS.

2. Adversity
ARE CHALLENGES THAT MAKES LIFE MORE INTERESTING.

3. Success
IS MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHOSE EYES SPARKLE WHEN YOU ARE AROUND THEM.

4. Aging
IS A STATE OF MIND MORE DEPENDENT ON EXPERIENCE AND ATTITUDES THAN TIME.

5. Love
IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE.

6. Sex
IS LIKE ICE CREAM IN THAT VANILLA ISN’T GREAT, BUT IT’S BETTER THAN NONE.

7. Faith
BELIEVE IN SOMEONE OR SOMETHING.

8. People
ARE BORN NEUTRAL, AND IT’S MORE THEIR NURTURE THAN NATURE THAT MAKES THEM WHO THEY ULTIMATELY BECOME.

9. Health
IS THE MOST PRECIOUS THING YOU HAVE ABOUT YOURSELF SO TAKE CARE OF IT LIKE IT IS.

10. Money
CAN BUY HAPPINESS, IF YOU KNOW HOW TO SPEND IT, BUT SHOULD BE THOUGHT OF AS A MEANS OF CONVENIENCE FIRST AND FOREMOST.

11. Family
IS CHOSEN BY YOU, NOT BY SOCIETY OR A DICTIONARY.

12. Mistakes
A MISTAKE IS NOT TRULY A MISTAKE IF YOU LEARN SOMETHING VALUABLE FROM IT.

13. Feelings
HAVE AS MANY AS YOU CAN, AS MUCH OF EACH AS YOU CAN, WITHOUT LOSING CONTROL.

14. Work
ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, AND WORK TO LIVE, NOT LIVE TO WORK.

15. Forgiveness
FORGIVE BUT DON’T FORGET.

16. Education
LIFE IS BY FAR THE BEST SCHOOL YOU’LL EVER ATTEND SO TRY NOT TO FAIL ANYTHING AND NEVER DROP OUT.

17. Death
SHOULD BE, BOTH, A CELEBRATION OF ONE’S LIFE AND A MOURNING OF A WORLD WITHOUT THEM FROM THEN ON.

18. Life
IS THE ONLY TRUE SACRED THING.

19. Living
EMBRACE KAIZEN, THE ART OF CONSTANT SELF-IMPROVEMENT.

20. Life philosophies
IT IS GOOD TO HAVE THEM, BUT BETTER TO LIVE THEM.

One a scale of 1-10, how well are you living your philosophies on these matters?
(1 = hypocrite, 10 = example in action)
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Parting words of wisdom?
LIVE, NOT PREACH, YOUR PHILOSOPHIES TO IMPART THEM ON OTHERS, AND DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE UNTO YOU.

I also wanted to add a philosophy on war that it is the coward’s way of resolving things because those who start them often never even come close to fighting. However, 20 philosophies was more than enough to challenge people, I think.