On the last Monday before I enter my 40s and after existing in 6 decades, I've learned a thing or two, let me shine a light on just a few of them.
This is obviously not a definitive list; it's a list of a few things in life that I have learned during my time here on Earth (this time around).
#1 You never stop learning.
#2 Nothing can harm you more than your own unguarded thoughts.
#3 Nobody really feels like an adult.
#4 It’s better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb — than half way up one you don’t.
#5 It's never too late to find a new ladder.
#6 Racism and bullying is never ok.
#7 Make your bed every morning. It'll make you feel infinitely more put together.
#8 It’s nice to be important. But it’s more important to be nice.
#9 Your habits shape your life.
#10 Never hesitate to ask questions.
#11 Rest is more important than you think.
#12 Gratitude is the secret weapon for a happy and successful life. Live with gratitude; that ultimate secret sauce.
#13 Learn the art of empathy.
#14 Love comes in many flavors.
#15 Fear will try to stop you.
#16 Spend time with your grandparents; ask them when and where they met and what their favorite songs are, there will be a time when it'll be too late.
#17 Everyone has great taste in food and music; because that's their opinion.
#18 Stop pursuing happiness. Happiness isn’t somewhere or someone. It's you. It’s a state of mind. No one else can make you happy, they can only add to yours. Choose to be happy now, no matter where you are in life.
#20 Life is short. Your life matters.
#21 Nobody is out to get you and life isn't fucked up.
#22 Having plans is great, but some of the best things in life were not planned.
#23 Protect your energy. Cut out negative people with bad attitudes, we ain't got time for that crap.
#24 Let loose and have a cheat day (or week, or year or whatever, because it's "non-ya-business" what I eat)
#25 Stop seeking other people’s approval.
#26 Your worth isn’t measured by your productivity.
#27 It’s okay to let people go. Not all relationships are meant to stick with us for the entirety of our lives.
#28 It is totally fine if people don’t like or understand you.
#29 No one has their life completely figured out.
#30 Never lose your inner child.
#31 Don't make major life decisions to please other people.
#32 There's no shame in being wrong.
#33 Don't be a bystander, be a more compassionate, kind person.
#34 There is no such thing as too old for something.
#35 Learn to say what you want and mean.
#36 You cannot save or change others. Lead by example.
#37 Always follow your gut.
#38 You become what you do not forgive.
#39 Celebrate your accomplishments, even the small ones.
#40 Life happens for you, not to you. Enjoy life. Whatever that means to you. (Key word being YOU)
Oh how many things there are to add to this list and those I have yet to learn.
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