...Don't be a dick.
So I travel a lot. I'm on a plane several times a month. Traveling is NOT fun. Between lines, delayed flights, and the 6,000 people who have no idea how to get through TSA, your patience is constantly tested. Being someone who has a low tolerance for incompetancy, the patience of a 3 year old, and I'm irritable more than I like to admit, this is prime time for me to be a jerk. But after encountering some really rude people the past few times I've been at an airport, I've decided we should all really just chill the F out and follow the #1 rule of life: don't be an asshole.
How does one do this you ask? I'm here to teach you. Pay attention and write this down. Some of you, maybe highlight it.
Step #1: Be realistic. This isn't your first rodeo. You know it takes forever to get through security, you know the family of 35 in front of you is going to screw everything up, and you know the buesinessman on his cell phone is going to refuse to turn of his cell phone at take off. Accept it, perhaps even enjoy the spectacle. But don't get upset and act apalled when it happens. It literally happens every. single. time.
Step #2 Appreciate the experience. Seriously, this is prime people watching time. You're going to see the weidest, most awkward people you'll ever encounter. Snap some pics, listen in on some conversations, and enjoy it. You're welcome.
Step #3 Be Nice. I watched a gentleman scream at a bartender last weekend because the game was blocked out on TV. #1, if I'm ok with missing a bit of the game, I promise, you'll be okay too sir (nobody likes the Raiders anyways, cool it.). Second, at any point in time when did screaming and making the bartender cry ever get you anywhere? That whole kill em with kindness, it works. People are more helpful and respond better when you're a nice person. And really, who pisses off the bartender? The single person responsible for your happiness on this adventure.
In the end, I think all of these things can be applied to any situation. Life is a hustle. It's a constant struggle to do more, get places faster, and find more hours in the day. But at the end of it all, if you can't say you ran this race as a good person, changed a few lives with a smile, really what does it matter if you made a billion dollars? Seriously, you can't take it with you, but someone up there is keeping score of how you treated others. And if you don't believe in that stuff, I promise, the time you do have here is more fun and more fullfiling if you are able to be kind and compassionate. Even if someone else chooses to be a jerk, someone out there will be changed by your choice to be awesome and treat others as such. Everyone out there is fighting some battle, the only thing YOU can control is how YOU treat others.