28 Life Lessons I’ve Learned In 28 Years…
So, I’m officially on Level 28 on this adventure called, Life and today I’m sharing 28 life lessons i have acquired in 28 years. I feel like you should always reflect on your life, so you can see how far you’ve come and check on what you need to do to keep going on the awesome adventure. If you don’t reflect, you just remain static, like pond water and then flies start to lay eggs on top of you, it’s disgusting. You should always reflect.
Growing up, you always hear about how much you will change over the years and the “if I only knew what I know now…”, but frankly, it went in one ear and out the other.
In honour of my twenty eighth birthday, I decided to reflect on the pretty incredible life I’ve had so far (including things that went out the other ear).
In no particular order…
1- Say yes to every opportunity. You already know where “no” will land you. “Yes” is limitless. “Yes” is an adventure.
2- There’s never a perfect time to start. If you keep waiting for that perfect day you’ll be waiting forever. You cannot wait for the moon, stars, and life to align perfectly to start something. Don’t say you’ll start tomorrow or next week. I don’t believe in waiting till January 1 to start making changes in my life. That perfect scenario will elude you. Don’t keep waiting to start.
3- Use Less/Minimize: STUFF. We have so so much of it. Instead of purchasing 50 kinds of mascara, eyeshadow, lip gloss or powder, perhaps just get one of each? Do you really need the same pair of shoes in different colours? Do you? Minimize! Use less, wear less, buy less, save more. And don’t forget to de-clutter.
4- You have two ears and one mouth, so listen twice as much as you speak. However, don’t be a doormat, speak up when you need or want something. People are not mind readers. (Communication is major key)
5- Once you post you full outfit on Instagram, you have automatically worn that dress a million times, so reduce those full outfit photos.
6- Be enthusiastic about what you do. Vince Lombardi said, “If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm” And this applies to everything you do in life, even sex.(especially sex *wink*)
7- Don’t worry so much. Those moments that seem like your world is about to crash will pass and eventually be forgotten. No need to worry about the past, the present, and especially the future.
8- People love hearing their names said out loud, so do everything you can to remember them.
9- You may end up loving the things you once hated.
10- You get what you give. Give love, receive love. Give crap and guess what? You may just receive that. If you give 150% you may just receive that. If you put it out there, it will come back in return. Give more, receive more. Simple.
11- You can accomplish anything with the right relationships both personally and professionally. People don’t care as much about what you know as they do on how much you care about them.
12- Money does not define happiness.
13-Doubt kills. The person who stops you from doing everything you want to do, who stops you from being completely free, who stops you from being healthy, happy, and passionate—is you.
14- Identify the people who make you happy and make a point of speaking with them once a week, even if you have nothing to talk about.
15- Write down goals. Something I didn’t take seriously until a few years ago, but since following through with writing them down, the power it has is amazing. Unconsciously my energy goes towards accomplishing those goals, short and long term.
16- Surround yourself with people smarter than you.
17- Learn to be thankful for the things you have in life instead of focusing on what you don’t have.
18-Experiences will last a lifetime. Choose adventure over material things; I haven’t regretted it so far.
19- Treasure your relationships. You never know what will happen tomorrow.
20- Love isn’t enough. Although we must love, love is not enough to survive: we must take action to show others we care, to show them we love. Yes, love is a verb.
21- Don’t waste time on worthless people. It’s a sad lesson to learn, that some people quite frankly just don’t give a shit about you. Sure, we’ve all had phone calls, emails or texts wisp off into ghost-town.. or perhaps had a friend that fades into the sunset with the rest of our past. Regardless of how things fall apart at the seams, such is life. If these “friends” have no worth, nothing to offer or add no good moral value to your life? Dump them. Immediately.
22- Nothing is ours to keep. Not our bodies, not our possessions, not our families, not our friends, not our money and not our lives. It is all given to us for a short period of time, to enjoy but not to keep.
23- Like attracts like. Create the kind of work you want to keep creating. Work with the kinds of people you want to keep working with. Surround yourself with people you believe in. It really helps to keep you grounded and excited.
24- A smile goes a long way. When you do anything, do it with a smile. If you ask for something, ask with a smile. If you see someone walk by you and you make eye contact, smile. How great did it feel when a cute girl or guy smiled at you? The world is a much better place when people smile.
25- The world is not as bad a place as the news can lead you to believe.
26- The best way to beat sadness is by doing something for someone else.
27- Perfection is boring.
28- Life is too short for bad: beer, wine, coffee, food, people.
Thank you for reading!
It’s been an good 28 years (I’m still alive) and know the next 28 will be even better. At that time I’ll probably be writing my 56 lessons in life from a cabin in Poland.(lol)
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See how easy I am to please?