I recently gained myself entry into the 30’s club. And like several other people, this round number gave me pause for thought. What had I achieved? What hadn’t I achieved? Who am I? I felt like I was having an existential crisis.
While brainstorming on the above thoughts, I worked out what I had, hadn’t and wanted to achieve. It was very calming and I began to remember who I was. Then I had the inspiration to write 30 life lessons I had learned. So many of us will be able to relate to these so I thought I’d share them...hopefully they’ll make an impact on your life too.
1. This life is hard.
2. You have to save yourself...no one else will do it (This doesn’t reject that Jesus will return one day. I simply mean you can’t expect your friends, family or strangers to save you).
3. Motivation is fleeting—make it a habit
4. Just because you think it, doesn't make it true
5. If you don't try, you'll never succeed
6. It will always hurt
7. Being alone isn't dangerous
8. You can do whatever you put your mind to
9. People don't want to hear it so keep quiet
10. Dream big, plan bigger
11. You're almost never hungry if you don't want an apple
12. Change might be inevitable but it still sucks
13. Don't judge someone else's dream
14. Stop making excuses
15. Whinging never works
16. Don't judge - you don't know what they're going through
17. Smart is sexy
18. Be smart—but not a know-it-all
19. You're allowed to say no
20. Is your house cluttered or is it your mind?
21. Nap daily
22. If you're jealous, make it happen in your life
23. Technology can't love you back
24. Only you can truly motivate yourself
25. God knows, God sees, God understands
26. Learn to say sorry
27. Research shows the world revolves around the sun, not you
28. It's ok to cry—just don't turn into Alice
29. It almost never happens the way you thought
30. Please smile—happiness looks gorgeous on you.
It is important to note that these life lessons don’t solve life for you (unfortunately), they only give you guidance. But sometimes, that’s all we need.
Emma Seabrook is a Melbourne writer and back editing in 2019 the International young writers for Press Service International.