Adulting: 10 Virtues To Live By.

1. Resilience: Keeping going even when things are looking dark.

2. Empathy: The capacity to connect imaginatively with the sufferings and unique experiences of another person.

3. Patience: We should grow calmer and more forgiving by being more realistic about how things actually happen.

4. Sacrifice: We won’t ever manage to raise a family, love someone else or save the planet if we don’t keep up with the art of sacrifice.

5. Politeness: Politeness is closely linked to tolerance; the capacity to live alongside people whom one will never agree with, but at the same time, cannot avoid.

6. Humour: Like anger, humour springs from disappointment, but it is disappointment optimally channeled.

7. Self-awareness: To know oneself is to try not to blame others for one’s troubles and moods; to have a sense of what’s going on inside oneself, and what actually belongs to the world.

8. Forgiveness: It’s recognising that living with others is not possible without excusing errors.

9. Hope: Pessimism is not necessarily deep, nor optimism shallow.

10. Confidence: Confidence is not arrogance – rather, it is based on a constant awareness of how short life is and how little we will ultimately lose from risking everything.


Have a virtuous life, Darklings.


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