“What is the best way to live life?” If you’d ask me, my answer any day would be—learn. Learn from whatever life offers to you, be it ups or downs. Because at the end of the day, all that counts is what you’ve learned from your experiences. However, these experiences may not always necessarily has to be big life-changing events but they can be your day-to-day encounters with the people you meet, or have conversations with, or even be your dearest pets that aimlessly follow you in and around wherever you go!
You may not need motivational speakers or spiritual guides if you have a pet because there are a hell lot of lessons they teach us every day! Let’s dive deep into a few lessons that pets teach us every single day and we must learn from them:
1. To love unconditionally:
For us, majority of our relationships follow the give and get theory. We do love, but we expect something back in return (even if we don’t say it out loud). On the contrary, pets love their humans unconditionally. They never expect anything in return for the affection they provide. A dog or a cat or a ferret would never care about your money, car, career status, or body type. They will love you equally and unconditionally on your bad hair days, and even when you’re broke. While it’s almost impossible to find people who love unconditionally these days, why not take some inspiration from these adorable furry pals who truly know what “unconditional” love is?
2. To never hold grudges:
We humans don’t forgive and forget easily, and it is not a healthy way of living life. Just wonder how long does your pet stay angry with you when you leave them alone all day or you yell at them when they do something that you don’t like? They might pout for a few minutes (because they too have emotions!) but would come wagging their tail on giving a little attention and affection again. We should definitely learn how to forgive easily from our pets and incorporate it in our lives to make our relationships work smoothly.
3. To protect and hold on to the ones who matter to us:
Pets can do anything and everything in order to protect their “people”. They would stand up for you and hold on to you irrespective of the circumstances. Do we really hold on to our loved ones? Unfortunately, people generally don’t! They give up very easily. Well, it may be difficult for us to be as protective as our dogs are, but the least we can do is giving it a try.
4. To live life to the fullest and take breaks whenever necessary:
Pets don’t care about what they are going to do tomorrow while enjoying their meal or when they are on a leisurely walk with you. This teaches us to live in the moment, and enjoy all the little things in life! We sure do work very hard to sail the ship of our life, but it is equally important to enjoy some “me-time” too. If dogs can sleep unapologetically for around 12 to 14 hours a day, is it too much for us to at least take out a few hours a day to unwind and relax? We totally deserve it!
5. To be YOU:
Most of us spend a lot of time in changing themselves, just so that they can fit in the so-called “standards” set by us. We are always conscious of our looks and how others perceive us. Contrarily pets are always comfortable in their own skin. They never worry about what other animals or humans think of them and are very confident in all their tasks. They are happy with or without a fancy haircut. This suggests us to always be content with whatever we have. Have confidence in your strengths and love your uniqueness!
Our furry, feathery, and scaly friends teach us lessons that can help us to grow as a person and become a better self to ride through the rollercoaster of life, but described here were just a few of them. Keep learning from these adorable teachers, and love them a little too much!