I recently read a post by Zaynab of the “Soulitude” blog, titled “25 Life Lessons From My 25-Years On Earth,” and I quite enjoyed it. I decided to make one for myself today.
This year on my birthday, I turned 30, which didn’t feel all that different from the day before when I was 29. But looking back further, I do feel like I matured a lot since I was 20, even though I was technically an adult then too. Most of these lessons are only from the last decade, which felt like a bigger time of personal growth than the two decades before it combined. Is that a perceptual bias? Who knows!
Anyway, here are my personal life lessons part 1 (lessons 1-15), because some of you skim (looking at you, Mom!), and 30 is just too many for you to read at once.
1. Find what brings you joy, and let go of anything you’re “supposed” to want, but don’t.
2. Make sure the journey to a goal is enjoyable too. You might be on it for a while.
3. Don’t have kids unless you really want to.
4. This world is cruel, but if you focus on it too much, the cruelty will consume you. Just do whatever you can to do no harm and to prevent others from harming.
5. You might envy others for an aspect of their life. But it’s likely someone envies you too for something you already have. Be grateful for those things.
6. It’s okay to want more from your life, as long as you remain content and optimistic in the meantime.
7. Some hobbies should be kept personal to preserve the magic. Not everything should be a chance to make money or impress people.
8. It’s better to be a little chubby than deprive yourself of the joy of food.
9. Sometimes you might harm someone without meaning to or even realizing it. If they tell you that you did, believe them and strive to do better.
10. Parents are not automatically owed affection. Some parents do not deserve it, unfortunately. Don’t shame people for cutting out their toxic parents.
11. Talents are valuable even if they aren’t the kind that are graded in school.
12. Doing a chore a day after work/school is better than saving them all for the weekend.
13. Buying cruelty-free products gets easier and cheaper every day and makes a huge difference to animals!
14. Don’t judge someone who’s made a life decision you wouldn’t make. It’s not up to you.
15. Slytherins can be cool too.
Click here for Part 2!