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5 Excuses You Need To Stop Making

Too often I hear people making comments that confirm they are generally lame human beings. It’s a waste of a perfectly good life, and if one thing is for certain, you only get one of those.

“I can’t afford it.”

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I constantly hear people making excuses and dismissing doing something immediately because they can’t afford it. Under some circumstances, this may be true (single parents, caregivers, etc.). However, in most circumstances, I refuse the believe it.

Saving money for something you really want is about getting your priorities straight. If you want to go on an overseas holiday or a trip away with your friends, you don’t need to eat out, you don’t need new clothes every season, and you don’t need to drink at the bars multiple times a week. Sure, you may become a social recluse for a few months, but when everyone is jealous of what you’re doing, it will be worth it. There are also plenty of ways to socialize without spending money. Convince your friends not to be skint and to save for a trip with you.

“I’m not fit enough.”

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Getting back on the horse is incredibly tough. It doesn’t get easier with age; my body now rebels at the slightest form of physical activity. For years, I refused to join a gym or take classes because I was embarrassed about how poorly I would perform. Eventually I got my lucky break when a friend who didn’t appear to be very fit invited me to a boot camp class. She kicked my ass. From that day, I realized it doesn’t actually matter. Exercising can be fun and you’ll feel good afterwards.

“I can’t do it.”

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I was a big “can’t” girl. I always figured there was a limit to my ability, and there were just some things I couldn’t do. Then one day, I was skiing while a disabled skiing festival was going on. Those people were doing things I couldn’t even consider doing. There were blind skiers that could absolutely smoke me. BLIND!

From that day, I removed “can’t” from my vocabulary. Sure, there are some things I find difficult to do. But I can do them if I’m willing to work hard enough.

“I’m too busy.”

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Ahhh time. There isn’t enough of it in the day. I have come across far too many people who always say, “sooooo busy” when you ask how they are. Somehow they’ve associated being busy with being important, which generally couldn’t be further from the truth.

There are essential things that you always need to make time for, even if you don’t think you have enough: your friends, your family. While your family should love you no matter what, you won’t be able to keep your friends without some work. If you think your friends don’t make time for you, chances are you’re the one not trying. Don’t be this person.

“I’m too tired.”

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Does anyone actually remember a time in his or her life when he or she wasn’t tired? Sure, I could go to sleep instead of binging on Netflix. I could have gone home before that last pint. Being tired is unfortunately a side effect of being human. If you’re tired, fine, but so is everyone else. It’s not an excuse.

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Emily is living an expat life, and making questionable financial decisions that won't allow her to retire at 40. Sometimes succeeding at adult life and waiting to grow out of the "being a huge bitch" stage.

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