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November 26, 2013

7 Life Lessons From Loki

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Like the rest of the world, I have been Loki-fied. And while others may swoon over that menacing smile, those luscious locks or his ability to still look hot in that ridiculous headgear, I’ve dug a little deeper. Here are 7 life lessons we can all learn from Loki.

1. Sort out your family issues.

This is vital. No one has daddy issues quite like our dear old Loki, but his longing to be loved develops into full-blown megalomania, topped off with a strange obsession with asking people to kneel. Before you lose your mind and land yourself in jail, sort out your family drama. I’m no expert, but I reckon in most cases it would mean practicing forgiveness.

2. Be burdened by your glorious purpose.

I nearly spat out my drink at this line (because it was that brilliant), but Loki’s right: find your purpose, and be burdened by it. When you’re burdened by something, you tend to do something about it, no?

Are you a writer? Then be burdened by the fact that the world must, must hear your words, and don’t stop pursuing it. No idea what your purpose is? Write down all the things you enjoy and start doing them. One of them will eventually invade your thoughts at night, and make you excited to wake up in the morning. That’s your purpose. Now do it.

3. Wear green.

Dear Men of Earth; take a fashion cue from Loki: green is very sexy. I still think about this one guy I saw at an airport years ago who had the most amazing green t-shirt and for some reason I couldn’t stop drooling staring. So please, I beg you: green t-shirts. Wear ‘em.

4. Lighten up.

Remember how Jane Foster greeted Loki with a punch, and he laughed? How you respond to being punched in the face shows a lot about yourself. Loki seems to have a nonchalant, slightly tickled stance about him, and doesn’t seem to really have a care in the world (other than wanting to rule it), and I say, what a great attitude.

5. Practice everyday cheekiness.

Loki is the god of mischief, so it’s in his blood to be rebellious and somewhat annoying, but we could all use a little mischief in everyday life – everyone’s miserable; so make it a point to lift the mood a little. Whip out that dusty whoopee cushion (no, they are NOT immature), tell a joke or a two, wink at a stranger on the way to work… Or just say “ta da!” a lot. How come people stopped saying that?

6. Start reading the dictionary.

It may be because he’s a god and of higher intellect than us… but Loki does have a way of words, doesn’t he? I mean, “you mewling quim”? I’m not even mad; I’m impressed.

7. Dream big.

It is my belief that if you want something, you have to do it yourself, and you can’t half-ass it. While the world (read: Thor) hates Loki’s tricks and schemes, I find his attempts something to be admired. Sure, he fails every time, but you gotta give it to him – the guy dreams big. Very big.TC Mark