Life Lessons

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21 Lessons life has taught me… far! (I’m still learning!)

  • Above all else be true to yourself. Live the life you want and not what others expect of you.
  • Be where you are. Each moment is precious and tomorrow is promised to no one.
  • Sometimes the worst experience can turn out to be your greatest blessing.
  • Get outside at least once a day, but stop power walking! Slow down, take your time, notice!
  • Laugh loudly!
  • Cry if you need to. Unshed tears will only lead to illness later.  ( I must have a lot of tears to shed!)
  • When life gets tough focus on what you have. There is always something to be grateful for.
  • It is better to have one true friend than a crowd of insincere acquaintances. Cherish your friends. They will be your safe harbour when life gets rough.
  • Atticus Finch said, “to understand another’s point of view you need to climb into his skin and walk around in it.” The wisest words you will ever read. If you have no idea who Atticus Finch is then I suggest you read ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’. In my humble opinion the greatest book ever written.
  • Don’t wait for your dreams. Live them now. Someday life may not be as accommodating and it may be much more difficult to travel the world, climb those mountains, and dance until dawn. Just do it!
  • Look after your body and it will look after you….(Obviously I haven’t been looking after mine well enough!)
  • Head up, shoulders back. No one can tell how you really feel inside.
  • Embrace your education; it doesn’t stop when you leave school or college.
  • Appreciate your parents. You will probably only understand this when you are a parent yourself.
  • You may or may not have children. If you do, know that you don’t own them. You just have them on loan for a little while. Love them as they are and not as you wish them to be.  Teach through example; forget preaching- they won’t listen.  On the other hand if your example is swearing, drinking and blaming the world for your own problems – forget that too.
  • Stop blaming everyone else for your problems. Stand up and be your own solution.
  • Speak your truth honestly in a way that honours you and the other person. It really will set you free.
  • Negativity is contagious, protect yourself against infection! Give a wide berth to those people who find joy in criticising and judging others. If they criticise others, they will criticise you.
  • Don’t deny your feelings. Don’t tarry with people who dismiss them either.
  • There is always a choice if you are brave enough to handle the consequence.
  • Smile!
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