Thought Catalog
April 13, 2017

23 Lessons I’ve Learnt In 23 Years

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  1. The older you get, the more you realize how young you are and how much you still have to learn.
  1. You’ll never know what you’re going to do in a situation until you’re actually in it.
  1. You can’t make projects out of people. You can’t force change upon anyone who isn’t ready, and you certainly can’t convince yourself that you might be the one to change them. It’s not your job to “fix” anyone else, nor is it your job to be a “savior”.
  1. Hurt people, hurt people.
  1. God doesn’t ever leave us. Even if we wander, stray, or do everything we can to run from Him. He’s still there, waiting with a patient love. We’re the ones who leave.
  1. You’re never going to please everyone. The sooner you stop living for others, you can start living for yourself.
  1. You don’t need to find another person to be whole. Find people who compliment you, not complete you.
  1. You never really know a person until you know what they’ve been through.
  1. How another person treats, talks, or thinks about you is none of your business. You can’t control that. The only thing you can control is how you react.
  1. Your voice matters. Tell your story.
  1. You are worth far more than how you look.
  1. You can’t make seasonal people into lifelong companions. Let them go when it’s time to let go.
  1. Build smart, empowered, safe, brave, and healthy children who believe in themselves and their value, or you’ll create broken and hurt adults.
  1. We’re all connected. Nearly everything in this life is going to have 2 sides of the same coin; whenever you get the heads, someone will inevitably get the tails. Everything we do will always affect another, whether directly or indirectly. Always be aware of this.
  2. Your body is fine just the way it is!
  1. The hardest apology to accept is the one you never get.
  1. Don’t make yourself small to coddle someone else’s ego or insecurity.
  1. Chances are, you’re going to be in debt for most of your life—whether that’s to buy a car, or a house, or to go to school. You might as well take the chance, spend the money, and create the life you’re proud of.
  1. It’s ok to admit when you’re not ok.
  1. One of the biggest lies ever told is that no one else in this world will ever know what you’re going through. The truth is, we’re all more alike than we are different. We all faces similar battles; even if someone can’t fully understand, empathy can still be present. We’re not meant to live this life alone.
  1. Your success may look different than the rest of the world’s, and that’s ok.
  1. Going back to basics is the way we were intended to live—food, relationships, money, faith, life. We complicate life, and make it far harder than it was ever intended to be.
  1. One of the most important questions I believe will come at the end of life is: How did you love? How did you love God, others, and yourself?