Submitted by Thomas Bridgeman

thomas bridgeman is 21 years old and currently studying classics and archaeology at the university of kent. he classifies himself as an amateur philosopher, soldier of love, and student of human behaviour.

Here are Thomas' "Five Rules For Life":

1.) Communicate.
Communication is the key to life. People have to talk to each other - not about everything but about the important stuff. It doesn't have to be an argument or a confrontation or a screaming match, just a conversation. Lack of communication is a major cause of the breakdown of all types of relationships. We have so many methods and so much technology to help us communicate, so pick one - email, phone, text, Skype, Facebook or MySpace, write a letter...or sit down and have a conversation face-to-face (no doubt the best way). So communicate, communicate, communicate...then communicate some more.

2.) Always tell the truth.
Trust - it takes years to build it and only a few seconds to destroy it. We are nothing without trust and are never more vulnerable than when we trust. We should always try our hardest to speak the truth - some say it can be honourable to lie but those times are the exceptions. Even if telling the truth means you may hurt someone, lying will usually hurt them more.

3.) Always search out passion and love.
Without passion and love, life has no meaning. If you are doing something you have no passion for - or you are in a relationship with no love - there is no point in continuing. Life is too short to waste on people and things you don’t truly love or feel passionate about.

4.) Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
In the words of Bill and Ted "Be excellent to each other". It doesn’t always have to be a big thing - you don’t have to fill your life with huge works of charity. You don't have to be a great philanthropist, or a missionary worker...just make a contribution.

5.) Seek balance.
In all things balance is essential. We must be rational and emotional, listen and then respond, and learn to compromise. We can’t be workaholics nor can we be complete couch potatoes. We must find a happy medium and a true balance in our lives.

Thomas currently resides in the United Kingdom.