I’ve never been the birthday celebration type. At least not for myself. But this year, as a way of acknowledging another lap around the sun, I thought I’d reflect on some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in life thus far.
Below are 28 of the many life lessons/notes to myself (in no particular order) that I jotted down as I was reflecting over the years:
Move away from home, even if it's only temporary.
Having a plan is nice, but it's okay to go off course to follow your heart instead.
Always be kind, even to those who aren’t.
Life can be really dark, but never dark enough to end it for yourself.
Learn by doing, not by overthinking.
Your muscles aren't manly; they show your strength. Embrace them.
Marriage is beautiful, but a wedding is only another day.
Spend time alone; use it to learn new things about yourself.
Laugh more. It makes life more fun.
Always try your best in school, but grades will not determine your worth.
Above all else, your kindness and reliability will carry you forward.
You don't have to stay in one place. You don't have to stay in the same career. You don't HAVE to do anything; you get to.
There's a difference between skill, talent and a relentless work ethic.
Never miss an opportunity to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. You might lose them sooner than you think.
Everyone will have an opinion; just do you.
The sooner you start something, the sooner you can start getting better at it.
You have no clue what other people may be dealing with; never judge.
Your tough times may not be the worst possible, but it's okay to feel pain and talk about it.
Your life will never unfold the way you think; keep an open mind.
Chase your curiosities; they could change your life.
Go out of your way for people; no gesture is ever too small. Don’t expect anything in return.
The quiet, shy little girl you were labeled as through childhood doesn't have to be the woman you are today. Speak up.
Do more of the things that spark your creativity and make you feel alive.
You can start a new chapter of your life whenever you decide.
You are good enough; don’t let limiting beliefs stop you.
There are small, beautiful moments of everyday, daily life. Seek them and cherish them.
You will go through hard times, but there will be light again. Keep smiling.
Work is work; save some for tomorrow.