21 Life Lessons In 21 Years Of Life

In my 21 years of existence, I think it's safe to say I've learned some pretty valuable life lessons. You'll always be learning new things the longer you've been living life... The more life you experience, the more lessons you accumulate and so forth. And although some lessons must be learned through experience, I figured I would write up a list and share it with you because maybe some can be applied to your life.

1. Sometimes it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission.
If you're really wanting to do something, do it. As long as it's not harming your life and health, do it. It might potentially offend someone in your life such as parents, friends, or a significant other, and as much as these people contribute to your life, you're the one living it.

2. All people hate something about themselves.
Everyone has their own struggles even if they don't make them known. Everyone has at least one insecurity, but physicality's are just physicality's and they will never define you as a person.

3. Taking a risk will always be scary. Don't hold back.
I was reading an article that listed 10 things people over the age of 90 had regretted in life. The first one on that list was they wished they had taken more risks in life. Sure you want to play it safe.. but sometimes taking that risk will take you farther in life than you ever thought.

4. Friends will come and go.
Chances are, you aren't friends with your best friend from elementary school anymore. Some people are, but it's not common. You probably don't even know this person anymore. That's OK. I like to think of it as this way.. Every person in your life has a purpose to be there. They are there to teach you something. If you find yourself without them after a few years, they don't belong in your life anymore. The lesson has been taught. Most of your friends will come and go. Some will remain forever and that's a great feeling. But it isn't that way for everyone, and that is OK.

5. What others think of you will never be your business.
It's your life and if they have something negative to say or think about it, that's their deal. Simple as that. The opinions of others will never be more than just opinions. You're the one walking in your shoes.

6. You can't please everyone.
One of the biggest mistakes you could ever make is to live your life trying to please everyone. This will only result in complete self disappointment and unhappiness.

7. Someone always has it worse and someone always has it better. That's just the way it is.
Someone will always be better at something than you... but you'll always be better at something than someone else. Understand this and move on. Don't compare yourself.

8. Making a living is not the same as making a life.
I should probably make an entire blog-post on this topic because I could really go on a rant about it... Don't get so wrapped up in your job and making the most money that you forget to live your life. Find something that makes you happy and enjoy your life. Don't dread Monday's-Friday's.

9. Don't take people for granted.
Never take anyone - or anything, for that matter - for granted. You don't know what you have until it's gone. Plus it doesn't make the person feel very good to know they're being taken for granted.. If you know how it feels, you should understand this.

10. Never forget about the people who are there for you in the dark and in the light.
Some people will be your friend when they can benefit from it but forget about you when they can't. Or they will be around when good things happen and vanish when you're in need of a friend. But then other people will be there for you no matter what. Don't get the two mixed up.

11. Dye your hair and change your style.
It's your life.. Do whatever makes you feel confident and empowered.

12. The grass isn't always greener on the other side.
Learn to be content with what you have and where you are.

13. Travel as much as you possibly can.
There's so much world out there. See as much of if as you can.

14. Never settle for an answer you don't understand.
Don't know why you didn't get a call back for a job interview? Or why your significant other broke up with you? Find out why and use the answer to better yourself.

15. Loss will teach you value.
Kind of like I said before, you don't realize what you have until it's gone.

16. You weren't born to follow the crowd. Stand out. Be your own person.
Don't do things just to blend in with what everyone else does. Do what makes you happy.

17. Believe that everything happens for a good reason.
This helps me get through a lot in life. If something bad happens, I try to think that there was a good unknown reason why it happened.

18. Forgiveness doesn't make you weak and cutting someone out of your life doesn't make you cold.
Forgiving someone does NOT make you weak. First off, it's helps you "get over" the situation a little better and holding grudges just isn't mentally healthy. Secondly, it proves that your strength is greater than your ego. However, forgiving doesn't necessarily mean that person gets to stay in your life. Some people just don't deserve anymore effort out of you.

19. Make friends with yourself.
Treat yourself the way you would treat someone you cherish. In the very, very end, you're all you've got. We spend too much time being our own worst enemy.

20. You're allowed to be wrong, but admit to it when you are.
You're going to be wrong millions of times in your life and that's OK. Swallow your pride and own up to your mistakes.

21. You pick up energies from the people you surround yourself with. Choose wisely.
If you hang around a negative person, you'll pick up on their negative energy and same with a positive person. It goes for anyone. Who you hang out with the most, you sort of become like them in different ways.

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