But, here are some things I've learned along the way:.
If you were incredible at everything you did, your life would be monotonously mundane. Your isolation from experience in a way isolates you from the rest of society. The prospect of failure makes reaching the finish line so much more rewarding; you need to learn to embrace criticism. You need to experience growth. Heartbreak coerces people to evaluate themselves and reflect deeply. While a broken heart will mean something different for every person, it will be the most pivotal force in changing a person.
It doesn't matter how poorly things went in your relationship; a heart is a precious thing and it should be handled with care. There will be times when you give your heart to the wrong person, and there will be times when that wrong person is you. Do your part and be delicate. With sadness comes grief, but eventually acceptance will lead you back on the road to happiness.
If I said it is 'one of life's most important events,' I feel like I would be doing it an injustice. You are literally bringing another living, breathing, human being into the world -- and subsequently doing your best over the next 18 years or so to help that individual be able to effectively navigate the society he or she is being brought into. You are literally creating the next generation of decision makers, world leaders, and hopefully -- world changers.
Here are 50 important life lessons that have stood the test of time: Your life is now. Fear is an illusion (mostly). Relationships rule. Debt isn't worth it. Your kids aren't you. Things gather dust. Fun is underrated. Failure is good. Jul 6, - Walk your own path. People like to judge other people. Don't hesitate when you should act. Experience what you have learned. Good things don't come easy. Never fail to try more. Take care of your health early. 7. Make every moment count. Live and let live.
Fortunately, I was born into an amazing family who has been a source of learning and support for me through all of my decisions and life experiences -- good and bad. So, I have thought to myself: What lessons taught to me both by family and by life, would I pass down to my future children? In no particular order You may be a late bloomer, you may not be happy in high school, you may take longer than others to find your place in the world -- but if you consistently do what's right and do the best you can to be good to others, you will win in the end.
You are a complete, whole person, right now as you are. A great relationship is not about two people who complete each other, but two people who are already whole and accept each other completely. It doesn't matter where someone is from, what they look like, what they do or don't believe in, or what they do for a living - love and accept [don't just tolerate] them for who they are. More often than not, if you're they're nice to them, they will be nice to you.
Curiosity, learning, and understanding, are literally the lifeblood of both individual and societal progress. There is so much left for our species to learn about our own psychology, our planet, and especially our universe - that an unquenchable desire for ongoing knowledge is the key to improvement. The moment we stop learning is the moment we stop growing.
Brian Acton, founder of WhatsApp, is a fantastic example of this. In , Brian applied for a job at Facebook and was turned down. On February 19th, -- Facebook bought Brian's company for a staggering 19 billion dollars. Had Brian allowed his previous setback discourage him or cause him to change direction in life, this may not have happened. He used his "failure" as fuel to create an infinitely bigger success -- a lesson we can all learn from. It sounds cliche, but it's important that we always make sure we have more dreams than memories.
To wake up each morning without a goal to strive for will make for a bleak, mundane life. We only get one shot at life, and it's too short to be miserable. As adults, we learn tact. We learn to be more careful with the feelings of others rather than just blurting things out, but it's important that we remain honest will doing so. As adults we often become too careful, too afraid to offend a person or group, and therefore water down our thoughts or even create a lie in their place. While I am all for saving the feelings of others, I am also a believer that a painful truth that will help someone grow is more desirable than a comfortable lie.
Ask a child to look into the sky and tell you what a cloud looks like -- and you'll get hundreds of answers.
Show them a blotch of ink on a piece of paper, and you'll get an entire story around it. As we become adults we start to see things more in black and white without the imagination and creativity. Throw your logic away next time you look at the clouds, and see what stories you can create. As important as logic is to living a successful life, it can also be paralyzing. If you don't, you will always rue the past and fear the future. Engage in acts of kindness as often as possible.
Giving is the greatest reward for your soul. This is your journey. Don't rush through life chasing your tail. It might be cliche, but stop every now and again to look around and notice life. Meditation , chilling out and listening to music, or just sitting on your doorstep are wonderful ways to bring the mind home for a while. Don't spend too long doing things that make you unhappy.
But if too often you find yourself questioning whether you really want to do this , it is time for a change and a new direction. Be frugal. Most people spend their entire lives thinking about earning more money, only to earn more, spend more and still think about earning more. Mother Nature has no interest in money. She's going to take you anyway.
Enjoy her while she lets you dance. Buy what you need to survive and thrive, not what you think you might need.
Don't clutter your life with things. The more things you have the more things you have to worry about, the more things you have to pay for, the more things you have to tend to and concern yourself with, and the more things you're likely to convince yourself you need. Teach your children right from wrong and lead them away from danger, but don't push them to follow your footsteps through academia, sports and career choices. Teaching your children to be like you is the greatest disservice you can do them. This is their journey, not yours.
You can't preach change. Be the change you want to see in the world. If something is worth doing it's worth doing with care and attention. You'll get far greater satisfaction from doing tasks methodically, and with great attention to detail, than by rushing through them in a bid to get more done. Only ever lend what you can afford to lose. Don't fall out with friends over politics, religion or morality. We evolve individually and are constantly at different places on our life journey. Evolving opinions are a necessary consequence of being human.
When things feel like they're getting too much in life, stop, sit down and take time out. Stop the doing and just be for a while. Take a nap, have a walk, do nothing. This moment is all there is. Neither the past or the future exists.